Microsoft Snags NYC Cloud Coup

Major cloud players are locked in vigorous competition as they court potential public-sector customers with promises of cost savings and energy efficiencies. And they’re not shy about bragging when they land a big fish.

And Microsoft has just hooked a big one. CEO Steve Ballmer joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a joint announcement that 100,000 city workers will transition over to Microsoft’s cloud environment, for a projected cost savings of more than $50 million over five years. Datamation has the story.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Wednesday that the city will move some 100,000 city workers to the software titan’s cloud computing platform for a five year savings to the city of more than $50 million.

The announcement is another victory for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) in its quest to make cloud computing on the company’s platform the dominant player in the burgeoning market for software as a service (SaaS).

Read the full story at Datamation:

New York City Workers Going to Microsoft’s Cloud

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