16 Aug

Facebook’s 13,000 Employees Will now be Using Office 365

In July 2016, Facebook signed a deal with Microsoft to use Office 365. This partnership is a bit surprising since Facebook just unveiled its own workplace collaboration solution this year. So why would Facebook adopt a competitor’s cloud product?  

Microsoft dominates the industry in offering apps businesses need every day. Facebook decided to adopt Office 365 for its 13,000 employees so they can use email, a shared calendar and other useful features of the cloud-based service. Over 205 billion emails are sent every day, according to market research firm The Radicati Group, and email is growing despite the development of alternative communication platforms such as Slack.

“Facebook at Work doesn’t end the need for email,” Facebook’s Chief Information Officer Tim Campos told The Wall Street Journal. “It’s not a binary thing.” 

As a corporate giant, Facebook needs email to communicate with players outside of the company. Facebooking or sending an instant message to an associate might be fine for a casual chat, but email is still the standard for most business matters, such as talking to vendors.

Facebook had already been using desktop versions of Microsoft Office Suite, so the upgrade to the cloud is not as surprising as it originally seemed. Microsoft has created cloud software that offers an array of apps, advanced features and security upgrades. Campos states that Microsoft’s products meet Facebook’s strict security needs and is accessible on every mobile platform it supports, so its employees across the globe can collaborate on the same documents at the same time. Cloud computing also offers the advantage of greater storage capacity and distributed processing, which means better speed and efficiency.  

Although Facebook employees will be using Office 365’s email and calendar, they won’t be using Skype or Yammer during work hours. Facebook has chosen to disable Office 365 products that directly compete with its own services.

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