Microsoft bests Google, IBM to land S.F. email deal : The Technology Chronicles

Posted by vainrveenr on May 19, 2011 6:03 AM EDT
San Francisco Chronicle; By James Temple
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Microsoft Corp. struck a deal with San Francisco officials to provide an online email system for the city's workforce, beating out competing products from Google Inc. and IBM Corp. Company and the city representatives said the new tool, Microsoft Exchange Online, will reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve stability. Most of San Francisco's roughly 23,000 workers are currently using desktop versions of Microsoft Exchange and IBM's Lotus Notes, with seven different installations running in various departments. The city will pay the Redmond, Wash. software company a little more than $1 million per year for the new product. There will be some up front migration costs, but the city expects to save money in the second year of the deal.

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