Microsoft, MasterCard Partner on Office 365 Program
Payments and technology company MasterCard Worldwide and technology giant Microsoft extended their pledge to increase technology and payment services to small businesses through a new strategic initiative that sees MasterCard become a member of the partner program for Office 365, a cloud productivity service that gives small businesses access to email, documents, contacts and calendars from anywhere on almost any device.
MasterCard will provide a 10 percent savings to eligible small business cardholders when they purchase Office 365 through the MasterCard Easy Savings Program. The MasterCard Easy Savings Program provides eligible small business cardholders with savings on popular services that help them run their businesses.
"Our goal is to help small businesses thrive, and Office 365 can help them do just that by providing technology that is trusted by many of the most successful businesses in the world," said Giovanni Mezgec, general manager of Microsoft Office/Office 365. "Partners like MasterCard bring Office 365 to millions more small businesses and help them reduce costs while gaining access to critical business services."
"MasterCard is committed to providing small businesses with innovative products and services that improve efficiencies and help them achieve their full potential," said Eugene De Silva, senior business leader of small and medium enterprise global products at MasterCard Worldwide. "The strength of our knowledge, insights and offerings will continue to drive real value for small businesses in two specific areas that are core to their business needs—payments and technologies."
Earlier in December, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft announced a partnership to jointly offer private and public cloud solutions for organizations under a four-year initiative. Those solutions will break down into three separate verticals: Private Cloud, involving a combination of HP Enterprise Cloud Services and Microsoft cloud products, including Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and Lync Server 2010 delivered via HP data centers; Public Cloud, primarily Microsoft's Office 365 cloud-productivity software; and a Hybrid Solution wherein HP resells Office 365 with HP Enterprise Cloud Services.
On Oct. 11, MasterCard and Microsoft, in partnership with Dell, announced Shwood Handcrafted Wooden Eyewear as the winner of the "America’s Favorite Small Business" contest. The contest, created to spotlight the success of small business owners, invited businesses with 25 or fewer employees to create a short video explaining why they should be America’s Favorite Small Business.