The software giant has just got a bigger piece of chunk. Microsoft has just announced it has signed its largest-ever cloud service deal with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in order to deploy Microsoft’s owned Live@edu service to some 10,000 technical colleges in the country covering around some 7.5 million students and teachers. Under the terms of the deal, the AICTE, an association representing both technical colleges and institutions of technology, will use Live@edu.
Microsoft has not disclosed the value of the deal. The company has probably won the bid by competing with some of its biggest rivals in cloud services Google and IBM. AICTE went for Microsoft, it says, because of the broader portfolio of services that Microsoft offers, and also its competitive pricing. In all, there are around 22 million people using Microsoft’s Live@edu service, meaning that this newest deal in India represents about one-third of all of Microsoft’s cloud/education business and with this deal it brightens software giant impact more in the country.