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Why was the Microsoft service selected?

Before selecting Microsoft to host this service we considered, in consultation with the Student's Union, a similar service from Google, paid external hosting services and internal hosting. We discounted external paid hosting and an enhanced internal service on cost grounds, and selected Microsoft in preference to Google because:

  • Microsoft commit to keeping our data in the EU.
  • There is a better technical fit.
  • We valued system administrator and proxy access to accounts, which Microsoft support but Google do not.