GoDaddy Partners With Microsoft To Provide Office 365 To Its Customers

Microsoft Office 365

GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain registrar and web hosting company has announced a partnership with Microsoft to provide Office 365 solutions to its customers. Any small business that uses GoDaddy for domain registration and web hosting can sign up for Office 365 services such as email, Lync, cloud storage and even other Microsoft productivity solutions such as shared calendars and online conferencing under different plans. The pricing will start as low as $3.99 and it will increase depending on the services you need.

“Every small business is looking for solutions in one place, so we want to be able to provide that,” said Irving in an interview. “Rather than go to a lot of different places to get these services, this is part of combining them together to make it easier for them.”

GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving commented that GoDaddy will be providing customer service for the offerings.

Source: Recode

  • Captain Panaka

    Good move Microsoft, though I thought it would be smarter if you just bought GoDaddy and bundled the services directly. JMHO

    • grs_dev

      I think they made the decision to not be a domain registrar a long time ago. They are also in a way competing with GoDaddy through Azure.

      What would be interesting is to see a Godaddy migration kit from Godaddy to Azure. That would be a win-win for both. Godaddy can collect fees for moving its clients who are interested in Azure over to Microsoft AND wind down or free up the resources those customers were utilizing on the GoDaddy infrastructure which further drives GoDaddy’s cost.

      For Microsoft it would be an Azure Reseller of sort which immensely simplifies their customer acquisition, makes Azure more attractive to small businesses, and allows Microsoft to point to a space where they are fostering partnerships not extinguishing them.

      Now imagine if they can do the same with others in that space, like Rackspace, or even Cloudera?

  • grs_dev

    Now this is a smart move.