Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has signed a deal with GlaxoSmithKline PLC, a major pharmaceutical company based in London. About 100,000 employees will be moving from IBM Lotus Notes to Microsoft’s hosted platform. This includes Exchange for e-mail, SharePoint for enterprise communication, Office Communications Online and office Live meeting. All of these services will be powered from Microsoft’s data centers.
GlaxoSmithKline PLC has been using Lotus Notes for the last 7 years. The drug company was also using Google Postini to filter spam. Microsoft plans to help GlaxoSmithKline save 30% in IT costs over time.
“When you’ve got finite IT resources, to be able to shift them to strategic projects and cut costs is very important,” stated Eron Kelly, senior director of Microsoft.
Microsoft launched the aforementioned services in a suite around November. The service is now available across 19 countries. Companies pay about $15 per employee per month for the suite. For smaller businesses, Microsoft offers a Deskless Worker Suite for about $3 per month per employee. This service directly competes with Google Apps. Google Apps cost roughly $4.15 per month. About 15,000 of the 100,000 employees at GlaxoSmithKline will be using the Deskless Worker Suite.