Microsoft has offered to the University of Nebraska a sum of $250,000 dollars to switch from IBM Lotus Notes to recently launched Office 365.
The university plans to move all students and faculty to Office 365 within the next 12 to 18 months.
"That funding will pay for some consulting and licenses to convert a large percentage of our users from Lotus Notes to Office 365. We will also use that funding to pay for a Microsoft Premier Support agreement covering email and Microsoft Office applications for the entire university," the University said.
Apparently, the University had three choices. Stick with a cloud-based version of IBM Lotus Notes, listen to a convincing argument by Google as to why Google Apps is superior, or listen to Microsoft who argued in favor of its cloud-based Office 365. In the end, school officials agreed that both Google and Microsoft "offered a superior Web-based interface and enhanced capabilities" over their current system, but "Microsoft was able to provide a more competitive pricing structure than Google."
The added bonus of $250,000 makes for a sweeter deal while the University saves about 50% in annual email operating costs (from $1 million to $500,000).
[Via: Information Week]