Microsoft to step-up its cloud computing expansion plans in China

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Speaking to China Daily, Ralph Haupter, CEO of Microsoft in China said that Microsoft will step up efforts to expand its cloud computing business in China as more Chinese companies are embracing cloud services. Despite the economic slowdown, Microsoft is seeing an increasing demand for Azure in China. Earlier this month, Microsoft reduced the price for some of its Azure cloud service to attract new customers in China.

“Though the GDP growth is slowing down, Chinese companies still need to focus on three points to remain relevant and competitive: innovation, productivity and the return of investments. And cloud computing can help in all of the above three aspects,” he added.

He revealed that Microsoft now has more than 65,000 corporate customers for Azure in China, up from about 50,000 a year ago. And there are about 10,000 Office 365 corporate customers with about 1 million seats.

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