Earlier this year, March to be more precise, Microsoft’s highly anticipated Azure data centres went line in South Africa, with the promise of hyperscale computing now in the offing. At the time Microsoft said its most popular suite of software, Office 365, would be available via the Azure data centres in the third quarter of this year.

Well the third quarter kicked off at the beginning of July and, true to its word, Microsoft has confirmed that Office 365 is now available, with the specific aim of empowering greater productivity in the workplace the company adds.

“Office 365 has for years been providing the foundation of digital transformation for South African businesses. Delivering the richest Office experiences from the newly available Microsoft datacentre regions in South Africa is the next step in our journey of partnering with businesses to empower them to do and achieve more, with the security of their data being top of mind,” noted MD of Microsoft SA, Lillian Barnard, in a press release sent to us.

Some of the most significant aspects of the software’s availability within the data centres is the fact that businesses are assured of increased data control and security, the firms adds.

“Underpinning these benefits of Office 365 are the robust policies, controls and systems built in to help keep data secure and comply with regulations. Office 365 provides in-country data residency for core customer data, for example, to help customers meet their data residency requirements,” Microsoft SA explains.

“In-country data residency for core customer data adds additional assurances regarding data privacy and reliability for organisations and enterprises. This is particularly important and relevant in industries such as healthcare, financial services and government, where organisations need to keep specific data in-country to comply with local regulations,” the firm continues.

As for what else Microsoft has planned in terms of software for the rest of 2019, as the company laid out earlier in the year, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, are slated for availability in the fourth quarter. To that end we should expect an announcement confirming such from October onwards.