|What does an Office 365 region in Australia mean for New Zealanders?
A couple of reasons stand out.
First and foremost, we will see a boost in performance. The Australian datacentres are significantly closer than Singapore/Hong Kong or the United States and this means both lower latency and higher throughput. This will benefit everyone, but for the lowest latency and guaranteed throughput you can also deploy an ExpressRoute connection directly into Azure.
Secondly, and also very important, is data residency. With Azure and Office 365 your data will be geo-redundant but the data will reside only within the Australian datacentres. This is especially important for sectors such as Healthcare, Education, Government, and Financial Services.
When will Office 365 be available in Australia? For new subscriptions the Office region is planned to be available from March 2015.
Will my existing subscription be moved? For existing subscriptions the moves are planned to start in September 2015. For the detailed info on what will happen before, during, and after the move, check the following link: https://aka.ms/move
We’ve had quite a few queries from some of you wanting to move earlier than this – good news, there is a program available that you may be able to enrol in. To find out more about having your subscription moved during the beta period, check the info at the above link, click through to “before your datacentre move” and look for the “apply for the beta program” link.
Office 365 Training. If you’re considering a move to Office 365, or you're ready to take the next step and light up some of the advanced features in your existing subscription, then try the free online learning courses available on Microsoft Virtual Academy. You can jump directly to the relevant content with this link: https://aka.ms/mvaoffice365