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Leading Global Humanitarian Organization Selects Cloud to Help Enhance Capacity and Response



    Leading Global Humanitarian Organization Selects Cloud to Help Enhance
                            Capacity and Response

  PR Newswire

  REDMOND, Washington, Feb. 25, 2013

-- Microsoft technologies to be implemented as the standard communications
platform in Geneva and preferred option for Red Cross Red Crescent National
Societies worldwide.

REDMOND, Washington, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today
announced that the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies (IFRC) has expanded on a global Enterprise Agreement with a new
Memorandum of Understanding to offer Microsoft Office 365 and other products
as the standard communications and collaboration platform for its National
Societies worldwide, helping provide greater licensing flexibility. The
signing has the potential to serve more than 1 million volunteers and staff
members in the network.

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Through this renewed and expanded partnership with Microsoft, the IFRC is
aiming to help these National Societies grow stronger by more strategically
using technology advances such as cloud services, while making the best use of
the resources and investments made by donors. Already two of the estimated 80
early-qualifying National Societies — in Bangladesh and Namibia — have
deployed Office 365, and many more are expected to follow close behind.

"The success we saw from real-world use of Office 365 in our American and
Danish Red Cross Societies helped pave the way to this broader adoption," said
Edward Happ, Global Chief Information Officer, IFRC. "And now, for the first
time in our history, all of our National Societies will have the ability to
free up IT spending and time to focus more of their resources on the
activities that are ultimately saving lives."

Prior to signing the agreement for Office 365, the IFRC was actively seeking a
solution to address its internal digital divide and provide smaller National
Societies with access to the same tools, same technologies and same modern
processes that the larger National Societies have.

Based on its fundamental principle of universality, providing equal access to
entirely new ways of working regardless of location ensures the National
Societies become more efficient, participate more fully in the work of the Red
Cross Red Crescent Movement, work more closely with their partners in the
broader organization, and are better able to reach out to the vulnerable
communities they serve.

"Microsoft is uniquely positioned to help create a secure framework for
improved access to technology without compromising on capabilities or
effectiveness," said Laura Ipsen, corporate vice president, Microsoft
Worldwide Public Sector. "I am proud that our collaboration with the IFRC will
generate new opportunities to achieve their goals and deliver real impact for
millions of beneficiaries around the world."

Finding a company with global deployment expertise and an understanding of how
important technology is for providing on-the-ground communications and
organizational tools was a critical factor in the IFRC's decision. Now, with
the support of Microsoft's reliable cloud computing technologies and robust
security features, the IFRC will be able to provide all stakeholders with a
world-class technology platform no matter where they are and improve the
process of delivering new programs directly to recipients.

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology
is available on the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom .

About the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is
the world's largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 million
people each year through our 187 member National Societies. Together, we act
before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs
and improve the lives of vulnerable people. We do so with impartiality as to
nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

Website: http://www.microsoft.com
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