San Francisco Moving To Microsoft's Cloud

The city and county of San Francisco have decided to move their entire email system to Microsoft’s cloud-based Exchange Online platform.

The move, which will cost San Francisco $1.2 million in the first year, will see more than 23,000 employees migrating to Microsoft’s service which will provide email, calender and hosted archiving features.

A spokesperson for the San Francisco government said that after full deployment, the service is going to cost $1.7 million to $1.8 million each year. Microsoft is going to charge $6.50 per user per year for the hosted email and archiving services.

The deal is another blow to Google’s efforts to convince state and federal governments to migrate to its own cloud based online solutions.

The spokesperson said that besides Microsoft’s software, Google Apps and Lotus Notes were also examined but the city’s CIOs decided to go for Microsoft’s service due to the familiarity with other Microsoft platforms like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Azure cloud computing platform.

"The City and County of San Francisco has always been forward-thinking in leveraging technology to improve the services it provides," said Gail Thomas Flynn, vice president of U.S. State and Local Government at Microsoft, The Sacramento Bee reports.

"We are excited at the opportunity to equip and support the employees of San Francisco with the tools they need to better serve the people of San Francisco."