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USDA making the move to Microsoft

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this morning announced that it has chosen Microsoft to host things like e-mail, instant messaging, and collaboration through the software giant’s Business Productivity Online Suite.

As part of the deal, which covers 120,000 employees, the USDA will move from its own on-premises systems to Microsoft’s Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Office Communications Online. That migration will be completed in four weeks, and will put the USDA’s cloud hardware in a secured facility that Microsoft says will be in compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations…

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