In Tough Times, U.S. Schools and Governments Turn to Technology to Get Lean

Microsoft announced a slew of Office 365 and Windows 8 education and government customer wins at the annual U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit today, reflecting a willingness of public sector organizations to use technology to get leaner and more efficient within a difficult budget environment.

On the Office 365 front, Microsoft announced that more than 1 million U.S. government workers are moving to the platform. The company’s rapidly expanding community of public sector Office 365 customers now includes the City of Kansas City, Mo.; the City of Seattle; the University of Miami; California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State); the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; Dupage County; and King County, Wash.

Also, Microsoft announced that 10 K–12 school districts and higher-education institutions have signed on to use Windows 8, adding more than 540,000 new students and faculty to the new platform. Windows 8 education adopters now include Apollo Group, Atlanta Public Schools, Barry University, Fargo Public Schools, Fresno Unified School District, Jackson-Madison County School System, Pace University, San Antonio Independent School District, Thomas College and Tuckahoe Common School District.

Finally, Microsoft highlighted four state and local government organizations using Microsoft Dynamics to cut costs and better deliver services to local citizens.

Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog