Microsoft has announced the company plans to open new data centers in the UK. Microsoft's own Azure and Office 365 services will be made available from localized centers in 2016, following stricter data protection and privacy laws being passed through in the EU for US-based companies.

As well as tackling European authority concerns of data protection, Microsoft will also be able to provide local consumers and partnered businesses with decreased latency when accessing said online platforms, meaning you should be able to do things that little bit quicker.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, commented on today's announcement:

"At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. By expanding our data center regions in the UK, Netherlands and Ireland we aim to give local businesses and organizations of all sizes the transformative technology they need to seize new global growth."

Microsoft's partners in the UK include Glasgow City Council, Marks & Spencer, Natural Resources Wales, Pizza Hut Restaurants and Virgin Atlantic. The Ministry of Defence has also sparked interest in Microsoft's new development to provide physical infrastructure in the UK.

Source: Microsoft