Microsoft Business Division president Stephen Elop announced that the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), Microsoft Corp.’s business communication and collaboration software delivered as a service, will be available in 15 additional countries and regions later this week.

New customers including McDonald’s Corporation, Aon Corporation, Aviva PLC, Barry-Wehmiller, Hofstra University, Lions Gate Entertainment, Rexel Group, Swedish Red Cross, Tyco Flow Control, Ohio University, Westcon and hundreds of others have chosen the Business Productivity Online Suite in recent months.

“Global organizations such as McDonald’s, Rexel, and Tyco are choosing Microsoft Online Services for the rich capabilities, flexibility, and value they deliver,” Elop says. “In just a year, we’ve grown to 36 countries and more than a million paying users, and we’re not slowing down. We’ll continue to bring new innovations and deliver the software and services businesses need to succeed.”

“Within McDonald’s, collaboration and communication tools are critical to our success and ongoing innovation, and with Microsoft Online Services, we found a cost-effective yet familiar, intuitive solution that we could trust with our business communications,” says Chris Millington, global chief technology officer and senior vice president of Shared Services at McDonald’s. “We have already completed over half of the corporate rollout and, by early in the next year, we will be fully deployed throughout our organization. With Microsoft Online Services, we expect to reduce our IT costs and increase our productivity.”

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