At the Microsoft U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit, Microsoft announced cloud computing agreements with 16 new government and education customers. In his keynote address, Curt Kolcun, welcomed several of the newest users of Microsoft Online Services, including Portland Public Schools, Oregon; University at Albany - SUNY; Fashion Institute of Technology - SUNY; Vanderbilt University; City of Alexandria, Va.; City of Virginia Beach, Va.; and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians tribal government in southern Alabama.
In addition to cost savings and efficiency gains, public sector organizations are choosing Microsoft cloud solutions for their security features, interoperability with existing technology investments and the 24/7 voice support services. Microsoft's newest government customers join more than 190 state and local government organizations in nearly every U.S. state, bringing the total to more than 3 million government employees utilizing some form of MOS.
In addition, Microsoft Live@edu is currently one of the most popular communication and collaboration cloud suites for education, serving more than 15 million people in more than 10,000 education institutions worldwide.