OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), July 31, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) today announced that it will deliver Microsoft Office 365 to small and mid-sized businesses this year. Joining the power of Sprint’s network with Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity and collaboration solutions will bring organizations new ways to enhance productivity, reduce costs and collaborate with customers and partners while also extending the cloud-based communication tools to mobile workforces.
Office 365 brings together cloud versions of the most trusted productivity and collaboration products with the latest version of Microsoft’s client software and companion Web applications. It provides for secure and virtually anywhere access to email, calendars, Office Web Apps, instant messaging, conferencing and file sharing, allowing employees to work on the go, on nearly any device. Easy to set up and use, it includes built-in anti-virus and spam-fighting technology and 99.9 percent uptime guarantee. Companies can deliver the right set of tools to the right users with flexible per-user, per-month subscription plans for predictable annual costs and scale with changing needs.
When Sprint makes Office 365 available, it plans to bundle it with value-added services to create solutions that further increase productivity and unleash the power of today’s mobile workforce. Small and mid-sized companies will be able to access some of the most comprehensive enterprise- class solutions available today, and Sprint will make it easier for them to take advantage of cloud services and experience the cost savings, scalability and flexibility needed to help them grow.
“Sprint’s open approach to cloud includes teaming with trusted industry leaders, like Microsoft, with proven solutions with which businesses are very familiar, to enable them to achieve greater agility to compete in today’s economy,” said John Dupree, senior vice president – Business Sales, Sprint. “Our focus on seamless integration of mobility with cloud services allows companies to extend our reliable and secure networks to their mobile workforces, so they can confidently use hosted services anytime, virtually anywhere and from any device.”
This marks the expansion of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) portfolio already available from Sprint which includes support, office and field-productivity services. Using the “as-a-service” model, Sprint will deliver new applications to round out its portfolio and enable customers to take advantage of the benefits of cloud-based services.
“Combining Sprint’s wireless data plans, access through its 3G and 4G networks and scalable services with Office 365 will provide businesses with the tools needed to grow,” said Kirk Gregersen, general manager, Microsoft Office Division. “We’re delighted to join with Sprint in offering this compelling set of cloud solutions to small and mid-sized businesses.”
For more information about Sprint’s upcoming offer with Microsoft Office 365, visit www.sprint.com/office365.
This collaboration builds upon the expanding portfolio of cloud-based solutions that Sprint has been focused on launching this year. The portfolio also includes Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) planned for launch in late 2012 and Sprint Complete Collaboration, a Unified-Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) solution launched earlier this year.
Sprint Network Leadership
To ensure that demand for connectivity for converged and cloud-based solutions will be met, Sprint has embarked on a multiyear network initiative, Network Vision, designed to enhance customers’ network experience with faster data speeds, improved voice quality and easier connectivity. Sprint expects to complete Network Vision by the end of 2013.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
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