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Railways teams up with Microsoft to connect with employees

The application will aid in physical distancing and work from home.

The application will aid in physical distancing and work from home.  

The company offers a six-month free trial of its ‘Microsoft Teams’ platform

Microsoft India has offered Indian Railways a six-month free trial of its “Microsoft Teams” platform powered by Office 365 to connect 15,000 employees across the network.

Approving the free trial offer from June 15-December 14, 2020, the Railway Board said “Microsoft Teams” would support various railway establishments to ensure physical distancing, avoid travelling and facilitate work-from-home in the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak scenario through its Information Technology applications for collaboration and communication.

In a note, the Railway Board said the key features of the application would be to organise discussions, sharing files in groups, audio/video conferencing, working online together on documents (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) etc.

Collaborative working

Users of the entire Indian Railways would be in a unified domain and further divided into sub-domains as per the Zonal Railways, Production Units etc. to facilitate collaborative working and seamless communication across the whole organisation. Unique use identities were being created and Microsoft was formulating a quick start guide for the railway employees.

According to a railway official, among other features of “Microsoft Teams” were unlimited chat and search, video calling, team and personal file storage, and real-time collaboration with the office. Besides following the safety protocol guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Ministry of Railways had taken a few other steps to prevent officers/staff from getting infected with coronavirus.

One stop solution

The Railway Board advised its officers to use e-files to the extent possible and avoid physical receipt/issue of documents to avoid infection through touching of papers which have passed through multiple hands. It was also advised to gold all meetings/discussions. “Microsoft Teams” will be a one stop solution to implement these advisories, the official said.

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