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Facebook migrates to Office 365 for email and calendar access for its 13,000 employees

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Facebook has inked a deal with Microsoft to roll out Office 365 web-based email and calendar services to its 13,000 employees. Internally, employees rely on the social network's Facebook at Work service to collaborate, but it does not have an email (or calendar) component. Facebook will also leverage Office's Delve feature to easily find relevant information within documents.

From The Wall Street Journal:

On Tuesday, Facebook will announce plans to use Microsoft's Office 365, the web-based version of the software giant's suite of workplace productivity programs. Facebook previously used the on-premises versions.The social network's 13,000 employees will tap some portions of Office 365, including its email and calendar. But they won't have access to Yammer, Microsoft's workplace social network, or Skype for Business, for messaging and videoconferencing, which directly compete with Facebook's own services.

In explaining why Facebook made this move, Chief Information Office Tim Campos cited security and platform flexibility in a guest post on Microsoft's Office 365 blog (opens in new tab):

This is why we've implemented Office 365. Not only is it a mature and comprehensive platform, it meets our stringent security standards, it complements how we work with intelligence, flexibility, and it is continually evolving. It is globally deployed, accessible on every mobile platform we support, and it is secure. Most of all, it enables our productivity with powerful new capabilities for employees, such as the ability to share and edit traditional Excel documents at the same time, across devices.

Interested in Office 365? You can get started with for as low as $6.99 a month (or $69.99 yearly), which gives you access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, and 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage.

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28 Comments
  • #winning
  • #tigerblood :p
  • Great.. Never heard of' Facebook for work' though.
  • https://work.fb.com/
  • Because that's what we call an oxymoron.
  • Never used OneNote, Publisher and Access. When I was in college Access was part of one of my course (cant remember name). I didn't learn absolutely anything in Access
  • I use OneNote regularly. Used to make desk calendar with Publisher for fun...And Access is also a part of our course in High School in BD.
  • Definitely give OneNote a try. The desktop app has tons of great features if you ever have meetings for work especially. The Windows 10 UWP / Mobile app is really coming along - It's less feature packed but I use it as well as the desktop version for it's quick and clean interface
  • I use OneNote regularly, but I have only a basic knowledge in Access. It somehow always seemed to be too complicated for me :D And yeah, I never used Publisher.
    Btw, does anyone know, if FrontPage still exists or not? :D
  • Maybe FrontPage discontinued in 2003.Now we have Visual Studio :D and I use Adobe InDesign over Publisher.
  • Discontinued years go.  I believe that SharePoint Designer replaced it for managing SharePoint.   More recently there is MS Expressions for non-SharePoint web dev work.
  • Just because you didn't learn anything with Access doesn't mean it's useless. Haven't used it myself for years, but it's a nice easy way into learning databases.
  • Did I say it's useless?
  • Almost no one uses Access. But OneNote is very popular.
  • Interesting
  • That's great news for MS and hopefully strengthens their partnership with Facebook!
  • Finally some good sw on all that macs :)
  • I'd love to know how much they're paying.
  • The tier they got is $8 per month per user but they prolly did a sla so got it for cheaper.
  • Probably got it for free for a couple of years for UWP Facebook, Instagram, Messenger...
  • So they took cheapo plan having no desktop clients?
  • Yes and no, in my opinion. They probably only wanted Microsoft Exchange in e-mail, calendar and booking their internal meetings.
  • At least they're not using Google Docs :D Man, that thing is just terrible... The only above average part of it is the survey creating tool. But there are other solutions for survey creation too, that are just as good, or even better :D
  • Qualtrics is a good alternative. Also, Microsoft recently created Microsoft Forms, to compete directly with that. 
  • Ain't that the truth. We're switching to Google Apps next week and it's a mess. Posted from my Nexus 5X
  • We use office 365 here, and my use of OneNote desktop has increased massively since I got my SB, handwriting notes on an agenda is very handy
  • Does this mean that Google's saying that Google docs is not good enough?
  • Big win for Microsoft.