Curt Kolcun, vice president of U.S. public sector at Microsoft, said the new sign-ups reflect the requirements of budget-conscious government and education organizations who see savings in the cloud that don’t compromise security or privacy.
Local governments moving to Microsoft’s cloud, email, and collaboration platform include Kansas City, MO, Seattle and King Country, WA.
Kansas City CIO Mary Miller said the cloud offering would reduce IT costs and energy footprint.
Universities joining the move include the University of Miami and Colorado at Colorado Springs, the California Institute of Technology and Sacramento State University.
GCN reports that over one million government employees currently use Office 365 productivity applications.
The eight public-sector agencies join Microsoft’s federal customer list which includes the Department of Agriculture, Federal Aviation Administration, the city of Chicago and the state of Texas.