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Red Cross chooses Microsoft Office 365 for cloud-based communication

Caroline Baldwin

The Red Cross is using Microsoft Office 365 to support over one million staff and volunteers at its operations worldwide.

The organisation has chosen Microsoft’s cloud-based Office suite for its standard communications and collaborations platform.

The Red Cross said Microsoft Office 365 had been used successfully in its US and Danish operations. According to Ed Happ, global CIO of The Red Cross, this paved the way for broader adoption.  

The Microsoft suite of services will be the standard communications platform and email software in its headquarters in Geneva, while the rest of the Red Cross societies will be encouraged to adopt.

The organisation's Bangladesh and Namibia local operations are the first to implement Office 365.

“For the first time in our history, all our local operations will have the ability to free up IT spending and time to focus more of their resources on the activities that are ultimately saving lives,” said Happ.

The Microsoft Office 365 suite is a hosted, online version of the traditional installed version of Microsoft Office software. This online service is subscription-based and includes Office, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and Microsoft Office Web Apps.

In January 2013 Tesco signed a deal to roll out Microsoft Office 365 across its Europe and Asian operations. 

Tesco said the deal would encourage a culture shift to more flexible working. 

“We want to put technology in the hands of all our colleagues, whether in the store, distribution centre or office, so they can create value for our customers,” said Tesco.


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