Microsoft announced today a version of Office 365 — its cloud productivity and collaboration suite — designed for use by the U.S. government.
Office 365 for Government has the same security standards as Office 365 for Enterprises while storing the government data in a segregated community cloud, according to an official Microsoft blog post.
Microsoft said Office 365 already meets certain security and privacy standards. The company says the plan is for Office 365 for Government to meet additional standards as well, including supporting IPv6 by September and supporting Criminal Justice Information Security (CJIS) policies soon.
Microsoft’s Office 365 has been battling it out with the likes of Google Apps to provide cloud offerings to government entities.