In big news coming out of the third day of Microsoft’s World Partner Conference in Toronto, Microsoft has made a joint announcement with Facebook’s CIO present at the conference that Facebook has recently signed a deal with Microsoft to use some of the features of Microsoft’s flagship cloud based Office 365 collaboration software
A major part of the deal is that Facebook is going to use Microsoft’s Office 365 email, calendaring, and some other Office 365 services internally, alongside its own soon to be released Facebook for Work service. So in simple terms, this deal means Facebook is now an Office 365 customer.
In a blog post written by Tim Campos, the CIO at Facebook, he says “.Office 365 also brings capabilities beyond Word, Excel and PowerPoint that are hard to replicate. Delve, using the Microsoft Graph, brings a new level of intelligence to collaboration by offering additional insights on how our employees work with each other. It tells individuals who they are collaborating with the most, and how much time is being spent where. These personal analytics, and other features like Focused Inbox, help create greater effectiveness at work.”
It is not yet publicly known however, how many people out of 13,000 staff members at Facebook will be using Office 365, neither do we know as yet how much Facebook will be paying per user to access Office 365. It remains to be seen whether Facebook’s use of Office 365 will displace some of the productivity tools already at use there or if it will just be another tool in the kitty. This announcement though goes a long way to validate the power and maturity of Office 365 as a world class technology that can be used by both small and large enterprises effectively.