International Airlines Group (AIG), the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, has chosen to deploy Microsoft 365 for use by its 58,000 employees.

It hopes that the cloud-based productivity suite will enable its global workforce to collaborate virtually anytime, anywhere.

The new Enterprise Agreement includes Office 365, with Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and Yammer.

“Giving our employees the tools and freedom to achieve more in their day-to-day activities was a key component in our decision to engage with Microsoft,” said AIG CIO Nigel Underwood.

“Office 365 will allow employees to collaborate and achieve their work tasks regardless of the platform, product or device. This is an excellent example of IAG enabling change within the group to create a common IT platform for our airlines which will be more efficient and reduce our costs.”

In particular, IAG hopes that by deploying Yammer it will be able to improve collaboration through the use of social tools. Microsoft acquired the cloud-based enterprise social networking company for $1.2 billion in June 2012.

In Microsoft’s full year results last month, the software giant said that Office 365 is now on a $1.5 billion annual revenue run rate.

“We continue to see strong demand for our enterprise products and services, with more and more customers making long-term commitments to the Microsoft platform,” said Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner.

“The growing adoption of our cloud services, including Office 365, Windows Azure and Dynamics CRM, continues to demonstrate our leadership position in the cloud.”