Microsoft is taking one the nation’s biggest apparel retailers to the cloud.

Gap Inc. said Friday that it will use Microsoft’s cloud portfolio to drive its company-wide digital transformation strategy. Armed with the company’s cloud technology, Gap said it is positioned to deploy new business capabilities and work more efficiently across the organization. The platform will also allow Gap employees across its brands worldwide, including Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Hill City and Intermix, to communicate, collaborate and share insights with one another.

Gap is migrating hundreds of applications to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform in a move designed to support a seamless and personalized experience for customers as they shop across stores, online and mobile. The first priority is to move the key inventory, stores and site capabilities from the brand portfolio to the cloud, a move that will manage…