Microsoft has announced that it’s expanding its partnership with the NFL to bring its Teams business chat and collaboration software to both the NFL as well as the teams. The company highlighted on its News Center that Teams will bring cross-platform collaboration between iOS, Android, and Windows devices including official Surface devices used by the league.
We’re taking teamwork to the gridiron! #MicrosoftTeams will be included in our technology collaboration with the @NFL, creating an opportunity to empower the league with custom solutions alongside @surface: https://t.co/13pbzCqVVJ
— Microsoft Teams (@MicrosoftTeams) March 3, 2020
Microsoft has been a partner with the NFL since it it signed a deal with with the organization back in 2013 to make its popular Windows-powered tablet computer “the official tablet of the NFL”. These devices wrapped in their classic blue cases have since received plenty of airtime, including when an NFL coach famously slammed and tossed the device in frustration.
According to a statement from Renie Anderson, chief revenue officer and executive vice president of NFL Partnerships:
“Since 2013, Microsoft has helped transform the NFL through technology around our game. Microsoft Surface has quickly become an authentic tool to the game of football and is vital during all NFL games for coaches, players and NFL Officials. And now by working together to integrate Microsoft Teams across the League, together we aim to improve on communications and collaboration in a modern way.”
The partnership will expand the already current use of the software by some teams, including the Miami Dolphins, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the New York Jets. This will likely give the application even further publicity, which was also recently advertised in during the NFL playoffs.
Microsoft has also recently starting promoting its business chat and collaboration software as the way for “teamwork from anywhere” following the Coronavirus outbreak.
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