Foundation uses Microsoft Lync for efficient community transformation projects


Microsoft Philippines has partnered up with the Foundation to help strengthen the business process of the organization’s community by providing them with Microsoft Lync, an enterprise-ready unified communications platform that allows users to keep track of the availability of their contacts, send messages, start or join audio, video or web conferences, or make a simple phone call all through a consistent, familiar interface.

The Foundation is a global organization of telecenters that aims to promote personal and social development through communication technology training, and is intended for people living in remote or rural locatons around the world. These telecenters provide public access to the Internet and other digital technologies, making it convenient for rural Filipinos.

“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.”

“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,” said Tovia Va’aelua, the Business Group Lead at Microsoft Philippines.