Microsoft pays U of Nebraska $250,000 to switch from IBM to Office 365

July 10, 2011

Microsoft is paying the University of Nebraska $250,000 to stop using IBM’s Lotus Notes and to switch to Microsoft’s cloud service Office 365.

The University of Nebraska system and its 15,000 faculty and staff will also get free subscriptions to Office 365’s email and instant messaging cloud services. The school announced the change last week.

The $250,000 from Microsoft, which the university called “business incentive funds,” will be used for consulting services and licenses to make the switch from Lotus Notes, as well as support services from Microsoft.

Microsoft declined to comment on the details of individual customers.

Walter Weir, chief information office for the University of Nebraska system, said, “It’s what they offer, it’s part of their package.” He did not think Microsoft cut a special deal for the University of Nebraska. The deal is an extension of the university system’s existing licensing agreement with Microsoft for server and Office software, Weir said.

Source Microsoft pays U of Nebraska $250,000 to switch from IBM to Office 365

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