Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that the department will become the first cabinet-level federal agency to move its e-mail and productivity applications to the cloud.
The USDA will migrate 120,000 federal workers from on-premises messaging and collaboration to Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite-Federal cloud computing technology over the next four weeks.
The software-as-a-service deployment will include Microsoft Exchange Online for messaging and calendaring, Microsoft Office SharePoint Online for document collaboration, Microsoft Office Communications Online for instant messaging and Microsoft Office Live Meeting for webconferencing.
USDA expects to begin moving employees within the next four weeks and has granted Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Authorization to Operate (ATO) for the Microsoft cloud infrastructure.
The USDA deal could spur other federal agencies to take a look at Microsoft's cloud offerings, Curt Kolcun of Microsoft said.