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The world's top facilities management and construction group VINCI recently made the decision to offer Microsoft Office 365 to its 183,000 employees spread over 2,500 subsidiaries across almost 100 countries. The move is inspired by the positive response of one of its subsidiaries - VINCI PLC - who switched its 1,400 employees to Microsoft Exchange from Google Apps in 2011. The company expects the move to the cloud to allow employees across continents and time zones the ability to work together in a more collaborative and mobile environment.
VINCI chose Office 365 for both the flexibility of the service and the level of customer support Microsoft offers. VINCI felt confident in Microsoft's 30 years of enterprise expertise and appreciated the host of tools available to tackle business requirements. With Office 365 VINCI established new internal structures like a company social network to help innovate their corporate culture and working style while encouraging collaboration through Microsoft Lync. Enabling access to content online or offline provided employees the mobility to get the job done anytime, anywhere.
Now that VINCI has plans to move the entire company on Office 365, its 183,000 employees will be able to collaborate more effectively allowing them to continue to design, build, finance and manage facilities that are a part of our everyday lives.
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What a great win for Microsoft.
I am really confused though. The headline in this story says "Vinci turns off Google Apps and turns on 365" but according to the linked to story Taylor Woodrow was purchased in 2008 and the decision was made to move all the users to Exchange (not 365) to bring them in line with the rest of the business.
So, Vinci didn't turn off Google and go to 365 as the story suggests. In fact that migration appears to pre date 365 by several years. Are Microsoft really that desperate and scared of Google to include such clumsy spin to what could have been such a great story?
Can we please set the records straight on some facts.
VINCI as a group never had Google Apps. The UK Subsidiary, VINCI PLC, acquired Taylor Woodrow in 2008 whose 1800 users were using Google Apps and after the acquisition these moved to Outlook Web Access as per documentation (published February 2010) hosted on Microsoft http://goo.gl/HYV3q.
Also referring to Flexibility, how is Office 365 Flexible if you have to use Office 2010 or later?
How is being locked into a single country host for your Office 365 service(s) being flexible to a Global company like VINCI?
I commend Microsoft on the big win but let's be clear and honest about it?