Microsoft Online Services Available Worldwide

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Microsoft Online Services Available Worldwide

HANOVER, Mar. 3 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

            Microsoft signs agreement with GlaxoSmithKline to deploy

Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online and Office

                    Live Meeting for employees worldwide.

    Furthering its commitment to deliver communications and collaboration

software as enterprise-class services, today at CeBIT 2009 Microsoft Corp.

announced that the Business Productivity Online Suite, part of Microsoft

Online Services, is now available for trial to businesses of all sizes in 19

countries. In addition, Microsoft will release Microsoft Office

Communications Online, for instant messaging and presence, and the Business

Productivity Online Deskless Worker Suite, an extremely economical e-mail,

calendaring and collaboration service for the occasional user.


    "These services open up new possibilities for businesses to control costs

while continuing to enhance the productivity of their employees," said

Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division. "Customers can

save between 10 percent and 50 percent in IT-related expenditures as a result

of deploying Microsoft Online Services."

    Software-Plus-Services Strategy Reaches Worldwide

    Exchange Online and SharePoint Online are available for trial in Austria,

Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan,

Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the

United Kingdom and the United States. Organizations worldwide will be able to

trial and purchase the entire Business Productivity Online Suite, including

Office Communications Online, in April.

    In addition, Microsoft is committed to providing opportunity for a global

ecosystem of partners that will sell, customize and provide consulting,

migration and managed services for Microsoft Online Services customers around

the world.

    Solutions for Occasional Users

    The Deskless Worker Suite, including Exchange Online Deskless Worker and

SharePoint Online Deskless Worker, will also be available to organizations in

the 19 countries. The Deskless Worker Suite is a low-cost solution designed

for users who don't have access to messaging and collaboration capabilities


    The worldwide availability of the Deskless Worker Suite will offer

customers an affordable e-mail and collaboration solution for occasional

users. By providing a cost-effective subscription rate (currently listed at

2.56 euros or 2.01 pounds per month per user), the Deskless Worker Suite will

make it possible for organizations to give all employees access to the same

messaging and collaboration systems. Today, in organizations that have

deployed e-mail, more than 40 percent of employees do not have e-mail.*

    The Deskless Worker Suite will be available for trial and for purchase

worldwide in April.

    Global Customer Adoption

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    A growing number of companies across the globe, from small businesses to

large enterprises, are already adopting Microsoft Online Services, which were

first released in the U.S. last fall. Today, Microsoft announced that

pharmaceutical multinational GlaxoSmithKline will deploy the Business

Productivity Online Suite, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online,

Office Communications Online, Office Live Meeting and the Deskless Worker

Suite, to its employees worldwide.

    "GlaxoSmithKline has more than 100,000 employees, hundreds of business

partners, and locations around the world, so effective collaboration is

critical to our business," said Bill Louv, chief information officer,

GlaxoSmithKline. "We have chosen Microsoft Online Services because it

promises to deliver a simple intuitive Information Workplace that should not

only value to the company through simplification, but provide an improved

user experience and ultimately create a more productive GSK."

    "The move to Microsoft Online Services will help GlaxoSmithKline cut

operational costs by an estimated 30 percent and create a variable cost model

that will provide increased flexibility in the future," said Ingo Elfering,

vice president of Information Technology Strategy, GlaxoSmithKline.

    An executive Q&A video with GlaxoSmithKline's CIO is available at


    A GlaxoSmithKline executive blog is available on the Microsoft Online

    Worldwide Pricing Model

    Worldwide pricing for Microsoft Online Services is flexible and

predictable. Businesses will have the option to subscribe to Exchange Online,

SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online and Office Live Meeting

individually or together as a suite. The Business Productivity Online Suite

is currently listed at 12.78 euros or 10.04 pounds per month per user, which

offers businesses a 38 percent discount, compared with subscribing separately

to the individual services.

    Additional information on Microsoft Online Services is available at

    About Microsoft Online Services

    Microsoft Online Services are enterprise-class communications and

collaboration software delivered as subscription services to businesses of

all sizes, hosted by Microsoft and sold with partners. The offering, designed

for customers with managed IT needs, includes Microsoft Exchange Online with

Microsoft Exchange Hosted Filtering, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft

Office Communications Online, Microsoft Office Live Meeting and Microsoft

Dynamics CRM Online.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in

software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize

their full potential.

    * According to Ipsos MediaCT. Information collected from Canada, France,

      Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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