Microsoft expands Office 365 to 38 new markets

Ever since Microsoft launched the new version of Office 365 in January with Office 365 Home Premium, the company has been slowly expanding the reach of its productivity software subscription service. Today, Microsoft announced that Office 365 is now available in another 38 markets, bring the total number of markets to 127.

Microsoft's blog post lists the new Office 365 countries:

  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Lebanon
  • Jamaica
  • Bolivia
  • Brunei
  • Nicaragua
  • Honduras
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Senegal
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Mauritius
  • Macao SAR
  • Iraq
  • Bermuda
  • Rwanda
  • Belize
  • Cameroon
  • Nepal
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Barbados
  • Cape Verde
  • Fiji
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • US Virgin Islands
  • The Bahamas
  • Cayman Islands
  • Angola
  • Libya
  • Bangladesh
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen

Microsoft added that all Office 365 SKUs are available in the Philippines and Thailand but that the rest of the countries on the list can just access a free trial for 120 days until the paid subscription plans are made available. In addition, the US Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Angola, and Libya won't have the Office 365 academic options until later in 2013. Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and Yemen do have the academic offers, but the academic trial version is not yet available.

In addition to today's new markets, Office 365 now has three new language options: Vietnamese, Arabic, and Malay, which brings the total number of languages supported to 36. Finally, the software supports five new currencies: Brazilian Real, Mexican Peso, Malaysian Ringgit, Hong Kong Dollar and Indian Rupee.

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I think the costs outweigh the paranoia. Still, I doubt that Google Apps and the other cloud based alternatives based in the US are not prone to NSA infiltration/investigations.

georgevella said,
I think the costs outweigh the paranoia. Still, I doubt that Google Apps and the other cloud based alternatives based in the US are not prone to NSA infiltration/investigations.

I also wonder why people only think of the NSA, other countries have laws much the same as the US. If they come knocking and want access to your users files (in a legal way of course) then you have to comply or you can't operate in there.

Besides, I seriously doubt the NSA or whatever agency has the level of access the Guardian makes it out to seem. It should be no surprise that by law a company is required to be able to provide data when requested. If there's a warrant for your skydrive files then MS has to have the ability to hand those over. That's just how it's always been.

I'd still like to see copies of those leaked documents the guardian says they've seen. Has anyone seen them anyways?

It´s the same what you think. It´s clear that any company, especially non-US which takes security seriously will not be using these cloud services, including Office 356.
Office 365 is perfect honey pot that can be used for industrial espionage. US companies working together with NSA can have and probably have had billions of dollars worth of secrets from European and Asian companies.

It's good to see them expand these services to more markets quickly but how about trying to do the same with, I dunno, Xbox Music? Is it so hard to ask?

georgevella said,
I don't think they can do anything about that - licensing restrictions and other BS affects where and when they can open up other markets

I think they should go the way of flat out buying those who already have the licensing deals in place in those markets so that they get access that way if they can't just get a new licensing deal. It seems that Deezer or however it's called is pretty widespread in the EU, even supports my country which is a shock. How hard would it be for MS to just buy them and fold all that into Xbox Music?