Fresh off signing the State of Minnesota to a big cloud contract, Microsoft announced this week that it has signed on several more high-profile customers for its Business Productivity Online Standard Suite.

The company said chemical giant DuPont, oil and gas company Sunoco, and an Australian contract management company, have all signed on for its hosted email and collaboration applications. They join such companies McDonald’s, GlaxoSmithKline, and Starbucks, which have previously stated their intentions to migrate to the Microsoft cloud.

“We are delighted that industry leaders around the world continue to choose Microsoft’s enterprise-grade cloud services to keep their employees productive and their technology fresh,” Chris Capossela, senior vice president for the Information Worker Product Management Group at Microsoft, said in a statement announcing the wins.

DuPont, which is headquartered in Wilmington, Del., plans to migrate its employees to Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS) from its existing Lotus Notes environment.

Sunoco, based in Philadelphia, said it chose to migrate to BPOS from an in-house Microsoft installation, because employees were comfortable with the platform.

“Apart from the obvious commercial aspect, a compelling draw with BPOS was that we were able to preserve a majority of the look and feel, in terms of what our employees were used to seeing on their desktops,” Sunoco Chief Information Officer Peter Whatnell said.

The third customer win announced, Spotless Group of Australia, said the cloud-based offering would make it easier to support the company’s 37,000 employees and 4,500 contractors, which are spread across various geographic regions.





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