[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Jan. 13, 2014.]
Microsoft is partnering with GoDaddy, best known for its domain-name registration services, to provide scaled-down Office 365 packages for very small businesses.
The partnership means Office 365 will be offered as GoDaddy’s exclusive email and productivity suite.
For GoDaddy, which says it has 12 million customers, the attraction is being able to offer an email service and productivity suite that most people are familiar with and know how to use, said Steven Aldrich, senior vice president of GoDaddy.
For Microsoft, the partnership means being able to attract very small businesses to use Office 365, the cloud version of its popular productivity suite.
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