Vatican signs deal with Microsoft

The Pope loves Microsoft. Fact.

A deal was signed off at the Vatican yesterday that will see 4.5 million Catholic students provided with Microsoft Office 365.

The Vatican has announced its fondness for Microsoft’s cloud apps strategy and will work with the company to develop ‘curriculum and training to develop digital literacy and provide blueprints for innovative schooling’.

“An innovative and forward-thinking Catholic organisation is supporting the modernisation of their schools, working with Microsoft and mutual partner Tralcom to deliver technology solutions to Catholic students and educators around the world,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education at Microsoft.

Office 365 provides anywhere access to email, calendars, Office Web Apps, web conferencing and file sharing. And even though some claim that Microsoft are the ‘Anti-Christ’, the Vatican seems more than happy to embrace 21st century technology. “In alliance with Microsoft, we are entering a new era in global Catholic education,” said Father Angel Astorgano, general secretary of Catholic International Education Office, in a statement.

For more information about Office 365, click here.

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