Vodafone Offers Microsoft Online Services In Europe

Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) have signed a deal which will see the telco sell Microsoft Online Services to businesses as a single communications and collaboration solution, including fixed and mobile voice and data, equipment and handsets. The services will include Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Communications Online and Microsoft Office Live Meeting. Microsoft will host the services in its data centers and Vodafone will sell to and support the customers; the main target will be small to medium enterprises, with Vodafone counting 17 million businesses with less than 250 employees in its four largest European markets. The services are already available through Microsoft in the US, and Vodafone will initially offer them in Germany and Spain later this year, then expand into other markets. (release)

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