Facebook has recently announced that they are adopting Microsoft’s Office 365 service.
On their official blog post on the matter they claimed this was due to the service being mature, secure and cross platform, saying:
This is why we’ve implemented Office 365. Not only is it a mature and comprehensive platform, it meets our stringent security standards, it complements how we work with intelligence, flexibility, and it is continually evolving. It is globally deployed, accessible on every mobile platform we support, and it is secure. Most of all, it enables our productivity with powerful new capabilities for employees, such as the ability to share and edit traditional Excel documents at the same time, across devices.
ChannelWeb however revealed a very different reason- Facebook says Microsoft is cool once again, with Facebook’s CIO Tim Campos saying in a video:
“Do you really want to know the reason we picked Office 365? It’s because of Microsoft. Microsoft got cool again.”
Campos said Microsoft was chosen because its products matched Facebook’s mission to be bold and be fast, saying the company got its mojo back, saying:
“Collaboration and technology in general is evolving. Our workforce expects to be on the latest and most innovative technology and collaboration patterns are changing with this. Employees shift from using email to other things, and we need good partnership from industry leaders. And in this, we’re really happy to see Microsoft got its mojo back. We’re not just buying Office 365 for what it can do today, it’s for what Microsoft will bring tomorrow. We have great expectations.”
Microsoft’s general manager for Office 365 Giovanni Mezgec said Facebook was impressed with Microsoft’s approach to productivity.
“I think they’re saying they like the innovation we’re providing,” he said. “I think if you heard what Tim said, he talked about the fact Facebook uses email and there’s a lot of information in the company. He talks about how he loves Delve and Microsoft graphs. He said [we] are innovating every month with new features and new things he can do.”
A new Microsoft which is reaching out to their customers on whatever platform they are using is certainly better than an insular, sulking company in slow decline, and we can see the effect in Microsoft’s share price increase over the last 2 years under Satya Nadella’s leadership, both of which should help attract a higher quality of employee, which should have a positive feedback loop for the company and its users.
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