Last year, Microsoft announced plans to host Office 365 and Dynamics CRM in its new Australian Azure data centres, providing a potential performance boost for business customers. At the time Microsoft said it hoped that would have happened by March 2015. So what happened?
Speaking at the Office 365 Summit customer event in Sydney, local Office 365 head honcho Steven Miller said that while the rollout was progressing well, he wasn't prepared to offer a launch date other than the first half of 2015.
"That work is progressing at a very rapid rate," Miller said, adding that the official launch would be "hopefully very very soon".
By Microsoft's calculations, 3 million Australians will be Office 365 customers by the end of June. That figure includes consumer, student and business users. Only business customers will have the option of electing to use the Australian data centre when that option appears. Businesses will also be able to take advantage of Azure ExpressRoute later this year.