Software giant Microsoft and Godaddy – the web hosting and domain name company announced their new partnership on 13 January 2014. The objective of this strategic partnership is to offer “Office 365” service to the small businesses. Today, this service is available in the US and Canada, and may expand worldwide by next three months.
According to the agreement, the two business partners are going to provide access to the small businesses with professional email connected to their respective domain names, cloud storage and a full suite of Microsoft productivity solutions.
Office 365 has many capabilities like business-class email, shared calenders, instant messaging, online conferencing and access to the up-to-date documents. Along with these capabilities, it has built-in security features that help avert malware, spam, phishing attacks and other threats.
This opens a new door for small business professionals to work from anywhere by including the ability to connect the user’s domain names to Office’s email services.
Godaddy has 12 million customers across the world. Microsoft estimates that in the U.S alone there are 28 million small businesses and about 125 million across the world. Of the 28 million 92 percent have fewer than four employees.
According to the study conducted by Boston Consulting Group commissioned by Microsoft, if more number of SMBs adopt the latest in IT tools, it can boost their revenue by a combined $770 billion, and can create more than six million jobs.
Source – Pcworld.com