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Supermarket giant Tesco is planning to adopt Microsoft’s cloud-based business productivity suite Office 365.
The announcement comes just six days after the software giant announced the City of Chicago would be moving 30,000 employees to the service, claiming it will save the municipality over $1.3 million (£812,000).
Office 365 will be rolled out to more than 6,000 Tesco stores and used by over 500,000 employees across the globe.
Mike McNamara, CIO of Tesco, said: “We want to put technology in the hands of our colleagues, whether in store, distribution centre or office...Office 365 will serve as the portal for all Tesco employees, suppliers and colleagues encouraging a cultural shift to more flexible ways of working.”
McNamara also claimed the implementation of Office 365 would encourage employees to work more closely and improve staff retention.
Meanwhile, Norwegian clothing brand Helly Hansen has outlined plans to use Office 365 as its communication and social platform.
The company said the product would help reduce travel costs by up to 13 per cent this year, and its managers plan to use Microsoft Lync to help with virtual meetings and online collaboration.
For its part, Chicago announced on 3 January that it would be moving to Office 365, following in the footsteps of San Francisco, California and Minnesota. It expects the roll out will deliver a saving of 80 per cent per employee over the next four years.