Microsoft displaces Rediffmail with Office 365 at FICCI. Calls Google Apps Outdated.

After cracking AICTE deal which enabled Microsoft to gain access to over 10,000 colleges, Microsoft has now grabbed FICCI as its customer.

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is an association of business organizations and is India’s largest and oldest apex business organization. FICCI’s migration to Office 365 will enable the industry body to add more licenses on Microsoft Exchange and enhance collaboration amongst users in a virtual environment using Microsoft Lync.

As per Microsoft, FICCI wanted to upgrade its email system from the limitations of Rediffmail server to a more stable platform where data space, service support and security could be achieved. The organization evaluated hosted solutions from Google, IBM and Microsoft and key reasons for choosing Microsoft platform over its competitors were compatibility with existing infrastructure, active directory synchronization, meeting 99.99% uptime SLA, easy to configure setup for both desktop as well as mobile users including Windows, Blackberry, iPhone or Android users.

FICCI completed migration to the cloud across its domestic as well as International offices in two months.

Microsoft vs Google Apps : A PR Battle. 

Microsoft is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to taking on its biggest competitor, Google Apps. Take a look at few suggestive quotes from the release:

 “Office 365 clearly makes Google Apps look outdated when it comes to enterprise-class security and delivering cloud on your terms.” [General Manager - Microsoft Office Division, Microsoft India]

“We looked for ways to deliver cloud on our terms along with enterprise-class security, thereby reducing capex. Microsoft Office 365 emerged as a better fit with our overall IT strategy, as it is much more integrated and advanced than Google Apps and offers more of the functionality our employees need. Combined with the extended functionality in Lync Online, Office 365 offers much more enterprise value than Google.” [Rajiv Mishra, Additional Director & Head - IT, FICCI]

Facebook too has partnered with FICCI o get Indian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to use Facebook’s global Small and Medium Business (SMB) Boost programme and also provide Indian SMEs with educational resources and free advertising to help them get started and grow their businesses online.

Google recently shutdown its free edition of Google Apps, though we published a smart workaround to use Google Apps for free.

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