AT&T and Microsoft today announced a major, multiyear alliance. As part of this partnership, Azure will become the preferred cloud provider for AT&T’s non-network applications. AT&T is planning to migrate most non-network workloads to Azure by 2024. This move will allow AT&T to focus on core network applications to improve its customer experience. AT&T will also deploy Microsoft 365 for its employees.
Apart from Microsoft 365 and Azure, AT&T and Microsoft will also collaborate on edge technologies and 5G. Both these companies are planning to bring integrated industry solutions including in the areas of voice, collaboration and conferencing, intelligent edge and networking, IoT, public safety, and cyber security. They will announce more services later in 2019.
“AT&T and Microsoft are among the most committed companies to fostering technology that serves people,” said John Donovan, CEO, AT&T Communications. “By working together on common efforts around 5G, the cloud, and AI, we will accelerate the speed of innovation and impact for our customers and our communities.”
“AT&T is at the forefront of defining how advances in technology, including 5G and edge computing, will transform every aspect of work and life,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “The world’s leading companies run on our cloud, and we are delighted that AT&T chose Microsoft to accelerate its innovation. Together, we will apply the power of Azure and Microsoft 365 to transform the way AT&T’s workforce collaborates and to shape the future of media and communications for people everywhere.”