Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) just announced Office 365 for Government, a new software that was designed for a more tech savvy government.
This version of Office 365 is a suite of specialized applications and a cloud program on a segregated community that allows for a multi-tenent environment that works with select customers to ensure that the data is kept secure. Microsoft will also offer a more dedicated version of Office 365 for government agencies who need extra security.
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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) isn’t the only company to launch such a program for government officials. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) recently announced they won ISO 270001 Security Certification which will allow them to provide secure cloud data services for the government.
In a brief statement they shared exclusively with TNW, they acknowledge that there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach to government data security but they want to ensure that they offer flexible and secure cloud solutions for their government customers. Here is that statement:
Despite what some of our competitors would have you believe, there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution for government customers. Microsoft is committed to offering our government customers the most flexible, secure and reliable cloud solutions in the industry. As government cloud requirements evolve, so will Microsoft’s portfolio.
Creating a secure internet for government applications and cloud services is and should be a top priority but given the poor history of Microsoft’s security problems with previous programs for businesses and consumers, this could be a bit of a problem.
I have no idea whether Microsoft or Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) will prevail as the winner. They both offer different solutions for different branches/agencies and I think both companies are off to a good start. I also think its going to take more than top-notch security and cloud-based solutions to win over their government customers. They will probably want ease of use and quality customer care.
Microsoft 360 for Government will be available on June 12.