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Los Angeles County moving over 100,000 employees to Office 365

Here's a big win for Microsoft and the Office 365 team. Los Angeles County, one of the largest counties in the United States, has just announced that they're moving more than 100,000 employees to Office 365.

The move to Office 365 will give 100,000 county employees across 30 departments access to email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, voice and video conferencing and other collaboration tools.

The partnership between Microsoft and LA County will help all departments get access to very useful productivity tools, even those that might not have been able to individually afford the upgrade. Now offices, like the Department of Children and Family Services, can spend more time working with cases and not stressing over the technology or the need to budget for said technology.

Hit up the source link for quotes and pictures of some of the decision makers in the county who made the move. Kudos to Microsoft on the sale.

Source: Technet

Thanks for the tip Sarang!

49 Comments
  • Sweetness!!
  • Indeed. There is no question anymore on my part that MSFT is doing the right thing by porting their services on all major platforms. All my doubts gone with the wind just like that. Congrats MSFT.
  • Still not sure about Cortana moving to any other platform though. Other than that I think they're doing a great job and I see where the multi-platform aspect comes in
  • Cortana has to move to other platforms because it is linked to Bing. And Bing is after Google search and the big bucks. It's a no brainer.
  • Now LA County can seem faster.
  • Lol ;)
  • Lol +920 you gotta love these comments sneaked in to most articles in wpcentral
  • Cool! Now lets have the same professional adoption for Windows Phone/Lumia ;)
  • EXACTLY !!!
  • It's not just one of the largest counties, it is The largest county in the United States and this is a huge win for Microsoft.
  • Largest county by population, yes. Not by land area, that goes to San Bernardino County.
  • I'm just gonna state for the record that land does not use software, people do. So we all understand what the context is when we're saying largest county.
  • Agreed. Alaska is the largest state in the US, and look at how many votes they have in the Electoral College. People is really what matters in the context of something like a service, not land.
  • Windows phone to follow?
  • Don't forget Surface. :)
  • And all they had to do was get an employ to buy a a basketball team.   Joking.
  • Nice one
  • Just got it...
    Nope nevermind, its gone.
  • Good:-) Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Moving from what? Horrible writing. 
  • You are horrible.
  • From libre office. ⌒.⌒
  • Google Docs, probably. One has to admit, it was previously one of the only good ways to collaborate on real-time with people, and Microsoft didn't have any directly comparable alternatives. Did they have solutions that worked? Of course, but Google Docs was one of the best and most well known real-time collaboration solutions. But now Microsoft has caught up and even surpassed Google Docs in many ways, which is awesome, and it seems like people are beginning to appreciate that fact.
  • Microsoft office really could do more much since its birth than google docs.
  • Source link point to pic, where is link to story itself on technet
  • Here is a link to story itself http://blogs.technet.com/b/firehose/archive/2014/06/18/la-county-moves-more-than-100-000-employees-to-office-365.aspx   and the press release   http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/jun14/06-18lacountypr.aspx
  • Good looks on the research and linking...
  • Thanks! My bad. Fixed now.
  • your welcome, keep up the good work
  • A Surface and Windows Phone for 100,000
  • I've become so used to MS Word and PowerPoint that I can't use anything else. It's worth every single penny!
  • I'm the same with OneNote :D
  • Cheers The link goes to an image asset... Wondering exactly who approved the contract? Would love to know the terms... Seeing as how gov documents are public record, shouldn't be too difficult to locate...
  • Woot! I love LA! <3
  • This is a major win, now get those windows phones out there to these employees MS! :P.
  • And give some Surface units to the kidos.
  • Oh my google!!!!
  • Hahaha!
  • Isn't this the same county that gave all their school kids iPads, who then proceeded to do a simple factory restore to remove the school policy software from said iPads? If so, I'm going to be a little bit more adamant before applauding them for implementing some new tech, given their past success. :P
  • If they would have used find my iPhone/ipad, no reset would have worked. It locks down the phone/ipad or so we are told
  • It was the school district, not the county.
  • More organizations will move to the cloud because it saves them money. They will overcome their security and control concerns after they see dollar signs. Google eventually will yield to reason and fully support Windows Phone and Windows because they have to. Congratulations to MS! It's ironic that the banner ad I see on this page is for Google Apps for Business.
  • my god! how the hell do they have 100,000 employees??? no wonder this state is in debt.
  • Bear in mind that the population is around 10 million in LA County. You have 100,000 county employees (or 1%) managing the public resources for everyone else... that ratio is not too far out of line with other public agencies. My county is about .5% public employees to citizen ratio with a total population of around 500,000. Obviously that doesn't account for the differences in jurisdictional boundaries for city/state/federal workers that may be different in that area vs where I am but you get the idea... 
  • thank you!   Services don't get materialize out of thin air, you need people to run those programs.   
  • They tried to go to Google but it failed horably :) way to go MS and Office I hope more and more switch to Office 365 its pritty cool. http://betanews.com/2011/10/20/los-angeles-wants-refund-for-google-apps/  
  • My university is doing the same, not sure how I feel about it. On the other hand some departments have been adopting surface pro tablets, pretty thrilled with that. :)
  • Excellent news
  • lets just remember even if each one of them get a windows phone that is still a drop in the bucket. While thats nice still got a long way to go. But its a good step. Microsoft needs about 200 more counties like LA. And what about the rest of the world. Maybe the beginning of the long fight.