Futures, Microsoft’s online technology policy portal, keeps you up-to-date with the latest developments in an evolving industry. With viewpoints from government leaders, industry practitioners and technology specialists.
Record software donations
Microsoft Australia reached new heights with the Software Donation Program last financial year donating more than $50 million dollars’ worth of software to over 3,300 community organisations.
Increased productivity has been responsible economic growth and welfare improvement in Australia's living standards over the last 25 years.
On April 22 2010 Earth Day celebrated its 40th anniversary. Established in the US in 1970, Earth Day encourages us all to reflect on what we can do to improve and protect the environment.
We recognise that we face significant environmental challenges in Australia and around the world. Feeding an expanding global population and managing our energy resources, while addressing climate change, will be an enormous global challenge. We believe that technology can play a role in addressing this challenge. Microsoft is working hard with our partners, customers and suppliers, as well as with governments and leading environmental organisations, to explore new solutions. We have published a list of key areas we are focusing on here. You’ll also find videos from our key Executives.
(Cross posted from the Microsoft On the Issues blog, 19 April 2010)We’ve all seen how the Internet has fundamentally altered governments, political campaigns and issue advocacy in the United States. Many of the most impactful innovations have leveraged technology to build communities around ideas. The 2008 Obama campaign set a new standard for citizen engagement on the Web, and government agencies are following suit with Web portals like Recovery.gov that are changing the way citizens can access information on public programs and services.
Microsoft has partnered with Yarnteen and Social Ventures Australia to launch a new initiative called Microsoft RISE, helping close the technology skills gap in Aboriginal businesses. This project aims to increase the skill capacity of Aboriginal entrepreneurs through practical and tailor-made IT business training, mentoring and support.
During the coming year, a number of versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system will go out of support. Microsoft is working with its partners to let customers and consumers know of the risk of running unsupported products in their business and home computing environments.
Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server are approaching 10 years since their launch and both products will go out of support on 13 July, 2010.