Internet domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy aims to provide small businesses a complete suite of cloud-based products to help them increase business opportunities. To improve its offering to small business across Asia, the company announced yesterday that it has partnered with Microsoft to offer Office 365 to small businesses in 14 new Asian markets, an offer that will allow local customers to get a professional email connected to a domain name, secure cloud storage as well as a comprehensive set of productivity and collaboration tools.
According to the press release, Microsoft Office 365 from GoDaddy is now available in the following Asian countries in local language and currency: Hong Kong (English and Traditional Chinese), Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia (English and Malay), Philippines (English and Filipino), Singapore (English and Simplified Chinese), South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. If you're not familiar with Office 365, Parri Munsell, Senior Director O365, Microsoft detailed the full features of this offering:
Office 365 from GoDaddy offers business-class email and shared calendars powered by Exchange Online, up to 1TB of secure online storage for document sharing, real-time collaboration capabilities, and both client and web versions of Microsoft Office apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more). These capabilities are delivered as a cloud service available to users wherever they are, online or offline and across a variety of devices. Office 365 also includes enterprise-grade, built-in security features that help deflect malware, spam, phishing attacks and other threats.
GoDaddy Vice President of Asia Roger Chen added that "GoDaddy's small business expertise combined with Microsoft's email and productivity offering provides small business owners in Asia with solutions to make the business of running their business much easier." Moreover, according to the exec, GoDaddy "research shows consumers are nine times more likely to choose a company that uses a professional email address with its own domain name," and it's not hard to believe that.
If you're using Office 365 for your small business, do you think Microsoft's offering has helped your employees to be more productive? Let us know what you think in the comments.