Microsoft is boasting that Office 365 is now available in eleven more countries, though that’s a bit of hype.
The ‘new’ countries where you can buy Office 365 plans are:
” Bhutan, Cambodia, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Laos, Maldives, Martinique, Mozambique, Myanmar and Vatican City “
Some of these might catch your eye as being strange, almost incidental, inclusions.
Vatican City? An important place, to be sure, but tiny. I’m sure none of the residents, including His Holiness, were having trouble getting an Office 365 subscription. Italy already has Office 365 support.
Greenland? The world’s largest island and quite beautiful (worth a visit). But it’s a semi-autonomous part of Denmark with barely 60,000 people. Again, any Greenlanders who wanted Office 365 would have had no trouble getting it before now.
Bhutan? Another lovely place and also worth a visit. Internet access isn’t great (Peter speaks from personal experience) and incomes low. Office 365 demand in Bhutan won’t be high.
Microsoft Office is available in 150 ‘markets’ and 44 languages. There are many other languages supported in various proofing tools (spell check etc).
The worldwide reach of Microsoft Office is impressive. Gone are the days of custom versions for each language with clumsy third-party language addins. These days Office programs and apps have a single program for everyone with all the language support (menus, spell check, grammar etc) as Microsoft supplied plug-ins.
Office 365 customers can download the Office program in many different languages for the ribbon/menus. Additional language proofing tools are readily available. Some plug-ins and preview features are limited to English or major languages.
Microsoft’s map of Office 365 coverage still has some gray spots (ie Office 365 isn’t available). As global travelers, some of the omissions make us curious.
Cuba, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and North Korea are out … that figures.
Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana (the gray blob in South America but it’s hard to tell which countries from that map). Papua New Guinea and Madagascar
A huge area of Central Africa. Alas, the people of DR Congo, Central African Republic, Chad etc have bigger problems than access to Office 365. The map isn’t detailed but African countries which DO have Office 365 available locally include Angola, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mauritius, Rwanda, Senegal and Zimbabwe.
An intriguing omission is Svalbard – that small gray area way above Norway. It’s Norwegian territory, though administered differently to the rest of the country. If Microsoft can boast about selling Office 365 in Greenland and Vatican City, why not Svalbard? In the meantime, I’m sure the people of Longyearbyen and beyond will have no trouble buying Office 365 via Norway.
If you’re in an excluded country, the easiest way to get Office 365 is to buy or renew it via another country. If necessary, use a VPN service to disguise your real location. It’s important that you renew using the same country as the original purchase.