REDMOND, Wash., April 2, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that EDS has selected Microsoft® Exchange Server for the Windows NT®
operating system as the messaging and workgroup server software for its employees around the globe. EDS, the world’s leading information and technology services company, will use Microsoft Exchange to replace its current installations of approximately 18 messaging systems.
EDS is already running Microsoft Exchange in a global network that includes Tokyo, London, Seattle, the company’s Texas headquarters, and locations in Michigan and Virginia. EDS expects that the full rollout of Microsoft Exchange to its sites in 40 countries will take 18 months. For the initial phase of the rollout, EDS has agreed to purchase 68,000 licenses to convert the majority of its work force to Microsoft Exchange.
“We must have the best tools so EDS employees are able to collaborate and communicate with each other, as well as with the 8,000 customers we serve,”
said Todd Carlson, CIO at EDS.
“The use of Microsoft Exchange as part of our Internet and intranet strategy will enable us to make the transition from multiple messaging systems to one system over time rather than all at once. It also will allow us to communicate seamlessly with our customers and suppliers.”
“This is a tremendous recognition of Microsoft Exchange from a company with superb mastery of information technology and its application to business solutions,”
said Jim Allchin, senior vice president of the desktop and business systems division at Microsoft.
“EDS’ adoption of Microsoft Exchange is validation of our close work for more than a year with customers, developers, manufacturers and channel partners to deliver the open, integrated messaging and groupware product they want and need.”
EDS participated in Microsoft’s Early Adopter program to evaluate, shape and test Microsoft Exchange. EDS was the first company to put Microsoft Exchange Release Candidates 1 and 2 into production mode and the first to implement Microsoft Exchange in a global network.
Microsoft Exchange Server contains e-mail and built-in groupware to allow group scheduling, discussion databases, document sharing and other custom applications to improve business productivity. In addition, it enables system administrators to monitor and troubleshoot the messaging system of an entire corporation – including Internet mail connections and usage – from a single workstation.
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