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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.
The internet as a place to do business is now an everyday reality for consumers and businesses alike. The savings in time and money to source goods and services are well known and this is only going to increase as the National Broadband Network (NBN) becomes a reality for new on line traders and their customers.What is less well known and understood is the extent to which illegal traders are also using the benefits the internet offers to exploit consumers and other dealers.
The increasing pervasiveness of the Internet opens up new opportunities as well as presenting increased challenges. One such challenge is the issue of cyber safety. In our submission to the Joint select Committee on cyber safety
The seventh annual global study by IDC on the state of global software piracy shows that, despite continued efforts by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), global software piracy rate increased from 41 to 43 per cent in 2009. In Australia, software piracy severely effects tax revenues, jobs and economic growth. The BSA believes that the Australian Government is a vital partner in reducing software piracy in Australia, and around the world.
ThinkUKnow, a joint initiative between the Australian Federal Police and Microsoft Australia, launches today in Northern Territory.
As the Australian election looms, expect political strategists to take full advantage of leveraging the online media, through viral campaigns, influencing online discussions, blogs and short videos. I believe that the growing influence and advent of the internet is empowering voters and online poltical debate may be Australia’s ultimate next step to empower the Australian voter.
Thanks for your comments on my recent blog post on GovTech. I been reading through these comments regarding protection from fraud and just wanted to give you a quick update.
With the capabilities of health ICT high on the political agenda as an integral part of the health reform process, Microsoft Australia is bringing its global expertise to the table. Our vision for the healthcare system – covering not just acute and aged care but primary and community care as well – is that ICT can be a major effector of change.
The computing experience is undergoing a powerful transformation. Increasingly, consumers, businesses and government are harnessing the computing power offered through the cloud. In Where next? Microsoft Australia presents some of the legal and policy challenges that must be considered as we move towards cloud computing and services.
It’s NAIDOC Week, offering us all a chance to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and recognise the significant contributions of Indigenous Australians.
Find out about the RISE initiative - a program launched by Yarnteen, and supported by Microsoft and Social Ventures Australia. The RISE program will increase the skills capacity of Aboriginal entrepreneurs through practical and tailor-made IT business training, mentoring and support.
Microsoft has a long standing commitment to providing support to Australian not for profit and community organisations and the software donation figures for this financial year demonstrate this clearly. I am very proud to announce that we have provided over $33 million dollars’ worth of technology to more than 2400 charities, community and not for profit organisations nationally.