Foundation uses Microsoft Lync for efficient community transformation projects


November 2012, Manila, Philippines — Microsoft Philippines recently announced its partnership with Foundation to help strengthen the business process of the organization’s community by providing them with one of their latest technologies, Microsoft Lync. Foundation is a global organization of telecenters that aims to promote personal and social development through communication technology training and relevant initiatives directed to people living in remote or rural locations around the world. These telecenters provide public access to internet and other digital technologies, making it convenient for Filipinos to work, chat or engage with their friends wherever they are. Microsoft Philippines partnered with Foundation to help enhance its network system through Microsoft Lync which brings faster and cost-effective benefits to employees and consumers alike.

"As a global organization, it is important for us to stay connected with telecenters outside the country for us to achieve our vision of improving digital literacy locally,” shared Vida Zorah Gabe, Manager, Communications and Community Learning of “Microsoft Lync empowers all our employees to cost effectively conduct online conference calls with colleagues, wherever they may be. The various features of Lync such as presentation and desktop-sharing and convenient options to dial-in allows us to stay constantly updated with our business operations and partners around the world.”

“With Lync, our quarterly communication technology cost estimate is down from 3 million pesos to 15 thousand pesos,” Gabe revealed. “This gives us more funding for programs that essentially benefit the communities we support.”

Microsoft Lync, an enterprise-ready unified communications platform, allows users to keep track of their contacts’ availability; send an IM; start or join an audio, video, or web conference; or make a phone call—all through a consistent, familiar interface. Microsoft Philippines commits to promote the use of modern technology such as Lync in helping deliver community transformation initiatives more efficiently.

Tovia Va'aelua, Business Group Lead at Microsoft Philippines noted, “We at Microsoft believe that technology can help transform and empower communities to strengthen their business productivity. Our partnerships with organizations like Foundation are in line with Microsoft’s commitment in helping communities.”

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