MICROSOFT'S BIGGEST single client worldwide has been stolen away by the search engine outfit Google.
The NSW Department of Education, with1.3 million users, has taken Google's free email product.
The NSW Director-General of Education, Michael Coutts-Trotter said students and teachers, will each receive customised Gmail accounts.
The contract was so big that Google were prepared to put together a world-class package of services, he said.
It is fairly clear that the Vole could not compete on price. Previously it cost the NSW government $30 million to run on Voleware. This deal will cost just $9.5 million.
Although Gmail is free, there are significant costs associated with providing tight security and integrating the email system with the department's existing portal. µ
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