The words Office and officially in the same sentence sound neat. There world’s most popular productivity suite has been a bit stagnant these past few years, but getting cloud powers is one of its biggest improvements.

And now Microsoft have finally launched Office 365 in China.

The service actually launched all the way back in June 2011, but the most populous country in the world was not among the markets where it was made available. But now, in partnership with 21Vianet, Redmond have made it generally available to users and businesses.

Here are the details on the official Office blog:

“Led by the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information, different departments of the Shanghai government explore the advanced productivity capabilities provided by Office 365 operated by 21Vianet in order to improve efficiency and build a service-oriented government.”

You guessed it right — even though the service has launched this week, some select entities and major customers have already signed up to use Office 365, and this list includes the government of Shanghai, one of the country’s key cities.

Microsoft, as you may recall, launched its Windows Azure cloud service in China in March.

This particular launch, however, comes soon after Windows XP (and Office 2003) reached end of support, meaning users and businesses that are migrating to newer platforms, now have access to the popular cloud based suite of productivity applications.

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  • Ray C

    This good. Microsoft really needs to increase their footprint in Africa and Asia

    • Randy A

      Agreed. They’ve been too slow in those areas, so this is a big improvement. Hopefully, this is just the beginning.

  • Jason Claven

    I think you meant “The” instead of “There” on the first line and “has” instead of “have” in the second paragraph. Other than that, this is good news all around. China users are in for a treat.

    • Lars

      I thought the same thing, Usually things are edited very well on this site, so I’ll give the benefit of the doubt. Honest mistake.

      On the other hand, good news for the Chinese consumer and Microsoft. Bravo.