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Emirates joins 30 global customers to pilot Microsoft’s latest Office offering

Emirates airline has become an early adopter of Microsoft’s latest Office product Office 2010, Microsoft Gulf has said.As one of the 30 global customers to be part of the pilot testing phase, Emirates airline accessed a pre-release version of the new Office 2010, as part of the Microsoft Rapid Deployment Program.

The major objective of the collaboration between Microsoft and Emirates is around the evaluation of the new software and its capabilities to provide a familiar interface to users across PCs, mobile phones and browsers thereby making it easier for them to collaborate from any location.

The process commenced in January 2010, when Microsoft engaged with the Emirates IT team to deploy Office 2010.
Emirates currently has about 1300 machines running Office 2010 on pilot and eventually, all users will be migrated to the new tool in a phased approach over the course of the year.

“Our collaboration with Microsoft and their Office 2010 product is part of Emirates airlines commitment to providing world-class service and technological capability throughout the organization.

“By aligning our in-house desktop engineering expertise with Microsoft’s technology expertise, we are able to provide a simplified yet robust desktop environment which enriches the experience for Emirates staff across multiple devices,” Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Patrick Naef, said.

Elias Tabet, Business and Marketing Director, Microsoft Gulf described Emirates airline as a strategic partner for Microsoft, adding that the investment reflected their commitment to excellence.

Office 2010 is providing them with a roadmap to improve security, stabilize operating costs and make business operations more agile.

He said Emirates’ progressive view of technology has helped Microsoft demonstrate that Office 2010 should be a key component in any enterprise that is constantly looking for solutions that help businesses harness the power of a global work force and enable improved internal collaboration.

According to him, Office 2010 gives Emirates IT administrators an effective way to centrally manage the organization’s critical business applications.

The new product offers a host of new features designed to improve IT administration, remote application access and security.


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