Microsoft announced on Wednesday that the City and County of San Francisco is upgrading to Microsoft’s Cloud solution.
The move will see its multiple citywide email systems, used by more than 23,000 employee, move to Microsoft’s cloud email system. Migration to the new system has already begun and will continue over the next 12 months. Employees are scheduled to move to Microsoft’s Exchange Online solution. ”The City and County of San Francisco has always been forward-thinking in leveraging technology to improve the services it provides,” said Gail Thomas Flynn, vice president of U.S. State and Local Government at Microsoft Corp. “We are excited at the opportunity to equip and support the employees of San Francisco with the tools they need to better serve the people of San Francisco.”
The new San Francisco announcement follows a number of high profile Cloud moves by London’s Underground network and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA moved 120,000 users to Microsoft’s Cloud services, announced in early December. Microsoft recently claimed that Google is “failing” in the enterprise. The company has been banging the cloud drum over the past couple of years and it appears this is paying off well for Enterprise customers. Microsoft began advertising “To the Cloud” consumer capabilities in October. The software giant has issued three adverts so far which highlight the cloud features of Windows Live. The company also kicked off a brand new advertising campaign named “Cloud Power” in October. The Redmond based company wants to take its cloud computing investments a step further by advertising the potential benefits to customers. Microsoft made its commitments to its cloud offerings extremely clear at last year’s Professional Developers Conference. The message of the event was that Microsoft were “all in” for cloud services.
Microsoft also announced 16 new U.S. government and education Cloud customers in February, intensifying the competition with rival Google. Microsoft posted an Office 365 vs Google Apps comparison last month. The software giant created a mini-site to compare its Word Web App against Google Docs. Microsoft highlighted several inconsistencies when the same Word file is saved on Windows Live SkyDrive (or SharePoint) and Google Apps. Microsoft’s aggressive approach to Office 365 and Google Apps shows that the company will fight to protect its core business. The company also attacked Google Apps with a “Google Tax” claim earlier this month. The software giant created an iceberg info-graphic to reveal Google’s hidden costs. Microsoft’s announcement on Wednesday will likely be seen as yet another jab at Google.