World-class cloud services for Namibia
Microsoft, last week announced the commercial availability of Office 365 in six new territories across sub-Saharan Africa, including Namibia. This is in addition to the nine territories announced in June 2013, following Kenya and Nigeria in 2012; and South Africa in 2011.
The entire suite of Office 365 packages is now also available in Botswana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, bringing the total number of sub-Saharan African countries with access to the suite to 18.
Customers in the above listed countries are able to sign up for a 30 day trial to try various versions of Office 365 including Office 365 Enterprise suites, and the new Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials and Office 365 Business Premium, via the Office web site.
Bryan Wesonga, Human Capital Synergies at Microsoft responded to the Economist and said, “We are pleased with the response. Globally, sales are currently running ahead of the pace set by Office 2010, our best-selling release to date, and more people are embracing the Office 365 subscription than we originally expected.”
“The trial has been available in Namibia for some time and with the announcement that it is commercially available, customers are now able to subscribe for the service,” he added.
Office 365 delivers the full suite of Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook in the cloud. This means that documents can be easily shared and edited by simply sharing them over the internet, and users can subscribe for the applications that they really need and use.
Salt Essentials, Vanessa Maresh said that Office 365 is a very good solution even though they have not yet implemented it for any client, since the product is still in the testing phase. Currently the firm is doing further testing of the product so that when they implement it, it will be able to suit their various clients needs. Office 365 is set to help improve productivity whether at home, in the office or on the go, perfect for the needs of modern consumers,businesses, public sector professionals and educational institutions. Being based in the cloud also means that Office 365 is available in a pay-as-you-go monthly subscription model, making it affordable for businesses and consumers alike.