April 17, 2017 – SEOUL, South Korea – Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Office 365 from the new Microsoft Cloud datacenter regions in Seoul and Busan, offering customers in South Korea the same highly secured cloud productivity and collaboration capabilities already enjoyed by Office 365 customers all over the world, now with local data residency.
“By offering Office 365 with customer data residency in South Korea, we are pleased to help our customers address their legal and regulatory needs while empowering their employees with the most complete cloud productivity and collaboration offering on the market,” said Al Koh, CEO, Microsoft Korea. “This is the start of a new era in enabling organizations in South Korea to digitally transform so they can better engage customers, innovate, optimize operations and empower employees in new ways.”
With more than 85 million monthly active users in companies across the globe, Office 365 is the universal toolkit for productivity and collaboration with a broad range of purpose-built, integrated applications. These include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, as well as powerful collaboration tools, including Outlook for enterprise-grade email; Yammer for enterprise social; Skype for Business for voice and video meetings; SharePoint to store, sync and share files; and Microsoft Teams for chat-based teamwork. Office 365 is backed by industry leading security and compliance capabilities, and also offers intelligent capabilities powered by the Microsoft Graph, which help people understand more about the way they work and turn data into actionable insights.
“Ahead of changing the company’s name to ABL Life in the third quarter of the year, we are using Office 365 to maximize collaboration between employees to proactively and sensibly address global market changes in order to help us lead in this new digital era. We specifically chose Office 365 for its ability to address the latest security threats and the confidence for our company and customers in security as important data will remain stored within Korea,” said Won-Kyun Chang, COO, Allianz Life Korea.
The Microsoft Cloud in South Korea is now offering Office 365 and the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The new datacenter regions in Korea are part of one of the world’s largest cloud infrastructures, supported by more than 100 datacenters in more than 40 countries, and backed by billions of dollars invested in building a highly secured, scalable, available, and sustainable cloud infrastructure.