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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.
In June 2009 when the Federal Government announced the establishment of a Government 2.0 Taskforce, Microsoft agreed to make available up to $2.45 million for a Project Fund, to fund projects connected with the Taskforce's work. This funding was provided under an Operational Agreement between Microsoft and the Commonwealth.
Following further discussion with the Australian Government Information Management Office, Microsoft has made available to the Federal Government $1 million to support the further development of tools and processes to enable the culture of Government 2.0 to be realised across the Federal Public Service. The $1 million has been provided without condition and Microsoft has neither requested nor expects to receive any reconciliation of the use of these funds.
Recently Stuart Strathdee, chief security advisor, Microsoft Australia, discussed the latest security report, Security Intelligence Report version 9 (SIRv9) in an interview with Sky Business News.
A report released by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) last week (October 14) has identified valuable opportunities for Australia governments, business and researchers in “cloud” computing – a business estimated to be worth $US20 billion world-wide and growing rapidly.The Report - Cloud Computing: Opportunities and Challenges for Australia – notes that governments, businesses and researchers can all benefit from the adoption of cloud computing services and governments can use the advantages of cloud computing to provide services more efficiently to a broad range of customers. The Report further concludes that the use of cloud services will raise new issues in regard to privacy, security, trust, data transfer capacity and lock-in with service providers. It suggests that Privacy legislation that was developed prior to the emergence of cloud computing will need to be reviewed and that trust arrangements between service providers and users of cloud services may need new and additional elements to cover all critical interactions.
Australian schools have been highlighted as amongst the world’s most advanced users of technology in the classroom, according to Microsoft. Seven Australian schools are among just 80 selected from across the globe to participate in Microsoft’s 2011 Worldwide Innovative Schools Program
Last week, The Honourable Martin Ferguson AM, MP, Federal Minister for Energy and Resources, delivered the opening address in Canberra at spatial@gov - the premier event for the Australian spatial industry.
Minister Ferguson took time to visit Geomatic Technologies (GT), a Microsoft Gold Partner and leading Bing Maps reseller, to see the power of the Surface Computer.
For the first time, Microsoft Australia will be hosting a forum targeting the nonprofit and charity sector with the focus on technology.
This week Microsoft Australia signed a corporate membership agreement with Australian Indigenous Minorities Supply Council (AIMSC).
Last week, Emilio Umeoka, Vice President, Microsoft Asia Pacific and responsible for Microsoft operations in this region met with Mike Rann, Premier of South Australia to discuss social inclusion initiatives.