Today’s post on Office 365 was written by John Case, corporate vice president at Microsoft.
Over the last few months we’ve worked hard to bring the Cloud and Office to you—everywhere.
In October, we announced the availability of Microsoft Azure from Australia. Then we showcased new productivity experiences for the iPhone, iPad and Android tablets. Last month I shared our plans to move forward with delivering locally hosted versions of our cloud productivity suite, Office 365, and our cloud business application, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, from Japan. Today, I’m excited to announce that Office 365, from Japan, is generally available.
Offering Office 365 services from local datacenters helps customers in sectors such as financial services, healthcare and central and local government better comply with regulations that require data to be kept in Japan. Of course it also delivers the ubiquitous collaboration, personalized insight and people-centric compliance that customers have come to expect from Office 365.
As a result, customers such as, Kameda Medical Center, Sony Life Insurance Co., Ltd. and local governments including, Toshima-ku and Satsumasendai City, have signed up to use Office 365—getting all the benefits of the world’s leading productivity suite—while storing their data in Japan to address data sovereignty concerns and providing improved reliability. Our existing Japanese Office 365 customers will have their data moved from Asia-Pacific (APAC) to Japan so they can enjoy these benefits, more information can be found here.
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