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Dow Chemical, Hyatt Hotels and University of Georgia Are Now Using The Microsoft Cloud

The Dow Chemical Co., Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, and the University of Georgia have each selected Microsoft cloud solutions, Microsoft announced today at the start of the company’s annual Financial Analyst Meeting.

With this announcement, Dow Chemical, Hyatt and the University of Georgia join the thousands of businesses and government entities representing millions of people that have purchased Microsoft’s online productivity services. Customers include 13 of the top 20 global telecom firms, 15 of the top 20 global banks, and 16 of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies. In addition, more than 10,000 customers in more than 40 countries have chosen the Windows Azure platform in just nine months. More than 10,000 schools in more than 130 countries have enrolled in Microsoft’s [email protected] cloud-based service, serving 11 million students, staffers and educators worldwide.

Dow Chemical is moving enterprise users to Microsoft’s cloud-based collaboration offering (Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite), including Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft Office Communications Online and SharePoint Online. Dow selected Microsoft for its flexibility, enterprise security and reliability.

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts also purchased Microsoft’s cloud-based Business Productivity Online Suite for approximately 17,000 individuals working at Hyatt’s corporate office and Hyatt properties in traditional information-worker roles. In addition, Hyatt purchased licenses for 40,000 “deskless” associates who work in the hotel chain’s U.S., Canada and Caribbean locations without access to a PC full time.

University of Georgia selected Microsoft’s [email protected] service, a no-cost suite of easy-to-use online communication and collaboration services, based on familiar Microsoft products many people use today such as Outlook, Office and Exchange. With [email protected], 85,000 Georgia students, faculty and staff can access their e-mail, calendars and documents in the cloud virtually anytime and anywhere, through Web browsers and from any Internet-connected PC or phone. [email protected] fosters better productivity, learning and skills to help students prepare for their futures.

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Alin Irimie is a software engineer - architect, designer, and developer with over 10 years experience in various languages and technologies. Currently he is Messaging Security Manager at Sunbelt Software, a security company. He is also the CTO of RADSense Software, a software consulting company. He has expertise in Microsoft technologies such as .NET Framework, ASP.NET, AJAX, SQL Server, C#, C++, Ruby On Rails, Cloud computing (Amazon and Windows Azure),and he also blogs about cloud technologies here.

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