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More Leading Companies Adopt Microsoft's BPOS Cloud Apps

Several top companies, including oil giant Shell and human resource firm Manpower, have announced their shift to Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) cloud based software.

Joining Shell and Manpower in embracing the Microsoft cloud are Tampa General Hospital and healthcare firm Advocate Health Care, the software giant has announced.

After migrating 20,000 of its global staff to Exchange Online, Manpower plans to increase the number of cloud based Exchange inboxes to 30,000 and finish the migration by the end of this year. The company has saved $2.2 million annually after it began migrating to Microsoft's cloud in 2009.

The Tampa General Hospital has already moved its staff to Microsoft Exchange Online and is planning to deploy the full suite of Microsoft's cloud based communications and collaboration including Microsoft SharePoint Online, the software giant informed.

Advocate Health Care has saved around $4 million by moving its 29,000 strong staff to Exchange Online from traditional email clients, while Shell is also migrating its worldwide workforce to Microsoft SharePoint Online and Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for better online collaboration.

Kurt DelBene, president of the Office Division at Microsoft, said in a statement, “With our cloud apps, people can work together more easily from virtually anywhere, across a range of devices. And unlike ‘pure cloud’ solutions, our online solutions for productivity work with what organizations already have, so they can transition to the cloud on their own terms.”