du has tied up with Microsoft to provide the first-ever Office 365 offering to UAE based small and medium businesses (SMB). With this, du has become the first telecom service provider in the UAE to offer Office 365 cloud-based productivity applications and services directly to SMB.
The move is in line with both companies’ commitment to providing businesses with technology that empowers them to be more productive in a mobile-first, cloud-first environment.
Hany Fahmy Aly, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Business, du, said, “SMBs represent the fastest growing segment for us, and we believe that this segment has huge potential for growth. We completely understand the needs and challenges of SMBs, and from our experience we have seen that they are early technology adopters, if products are packaged right. By offering the Office 365 suite of packages across all our core mobile and broadband services through our new collaboration with Microsoft, our SMB customers will benefit from yet another incredible effort to bring value-packed, enterprise-grade solutions to this market. We are excited to launch the UAE’s first modern office in the cloud.”
“Nearly three years ago, we made Office 365 available in the UAE. Today we are continuing our efforts by providing an offering with du that is designed to meet the needs of SMBs, with a focus on those with up to 100 employees, providing easy, low-cost access to cloud-based technology with no infrastructure costs. Office 365 is transformational for businesses of all sizes, but levels the playing field for SMBs in particular because it makes enterprise-grade tools affordable and easy to set up and manage,” added Ihsan Anabtawi, Regional Director Microsoft Office Division at Microsoft Gulf.
Office 365 is one of the fastest growing businesses for Microsoft. Microsoft recently increased the amount of cloud storage that it provides to Office 365 accounts to 1 terabyte across the service, bringing more capacity to anyone who pays for Office.