Microsoft has made Office 365 available in China through a partnership with 21Vianet, an internet data centre services provider in the country.
Microsoft’s cloud productivity suite includes Office, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online, as well as specialised services such as Visio Pro for Office 365 and Project Pro for Office 365.
The Shanghai government is an early adopter of Office 365 operated by 21Vianet.
Office 365 operated by 21Vianet is also being used by the Shaanxi government to set up its IT infrastructure and foster regional growth in the Xi Xi’an area.
Commercial customers ICBC Leasing, global health company Cigna & CMB, Dongfeng-Renault and electronics firm TCL were all at the Shanghai launch event as early adopter customers.
Microsoft also announced a new partnership with the China Education and Research Network (CERNET), the largest national academic internet provider in the country, to provide Office 365 to universities and colleges.
CERNET serves more than 1,800 universities and colleges, and more than 20 million end users in China.
In March, Microsoft became the first global public cloud provider in China as it made Azure available in the country.
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