Microsoft’s Office 365 is the most widely used cloud application among businesses, beating out the long-popular Salesforce.com, according to a company that helps companies manage their cloud apps.A report out today from Okta analyzed the use of 4,000 different cloud applications at 2,500 companies in 185 countries. Okta, which provides a cloud service to help companies manage and secure their sign-in credentials across multiple cloud applications, has been tracking the data since 2012.
Okta pegs Office’s success in the cloud to moves undertaken by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to encourage the company’s customers to embrace its cloud software offerings, not just in the productivity suite, but also with its Outlook email services.
What are the most popular apps at work?Okta is deeply integrated with over 4,000 cloud-based applications and our data clearly shows that Microsoft Office 365 has rapidly become the most deployed application worldwide. To measure app popularity, we tracked and organized the most commonly deployed and used applications by business within Okta. Since we started tracking app usage in early 2012, Salesforce has securely held the top spot as the most deployed application. However, in January 2015, Microsoft Office 365 dethroned Salesforce after a gradual climb to the top, evidence that Office 365 is successfully bringing large enterprises to the cloud.
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