A little Lone Star love: Microsoft inks big deal with Texas for Office 365

Microsoft just scooped up a big deal for its Office 365 suite of cloud-based productivity products, inking a deal with the Texas Department of Information Resources. As part of the deal, more than 100,000 employees for the state of Texas — from agencies suchHealth and Human Services System to the Department of Transportation to the Department of Criminal Justice — will be using the online tools. Office 365 includes the Web-based applications for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

It marks the latest government agency win for Microsoft Office 365 in the past three months. Last November, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it would be utilizing the service for its 600,000 employees.

“No other solution provides the rich capabilities of Office 365, including webconferencing, real-time collaboration, and document and calendar sharing,” said Todd Kimbriel, director of E-Government for the Texas Department of Information Resources, in a release. “Office 365 will increase efficiency and help our agencies better serve the needs of citizens without compromising on security or privacy.”

Office 365 is a critical product for Microsoft as it attempts to fend off threats to its core business from services like Google Apps.

Previously on GeekWire: $100 a year for Office: Microsoft unveils subscription rates