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  • Blog Post: Verifying the Security of Cloud Services for Australian Government

    James Kavanagh, Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft Australia The Australian Attorney Generals Department has released a revised framework for assessing compliance and risk for cloud services . Microsoft welcomes this forward-looking guidance that describes a streamlined decision-making process while...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft & AFP online safety program, ThinkUKnow, receives the NAPCAN Outstanding Prevention Initiative Award

    Today, during National Child Protection Week (NCPW), ThinkUKnow was awarded ‘Outstanding Prevention Initiative’ by the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, at the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) ‘Play Your Part’ Awards...
  • Blog Post: National Panel for Economic Reform Communiqué - Putting People First

    The Communiqué released by the Prime Minister following the inaugural meeting of the National Panel for Economic Reform is welcomed by Microsoft Australia. It reiterates the importance to Australia of instituting policy and management reforms across the economy that focus on the goal of achieving...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Embraces Telework

    This week is National Telework Week (NTW) – a designated week to draw awareness to the benefits to both organisations and employees, in embracing flexible working and, more specifically, working from home. Microsoft is proud to be a partner in the inaugural NTW because flexible working is part...
  • Blog Post: Mentorship Efforts Spark Opportunities for Students in Australia

    Microsoft Australia has been collaborating with the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) over the past three years to provide mentorship to students who live in areas of lower socioeconomic conditions. The partnership enables Microsoft employees to participate in a series of mentoring...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft supports 4th Austrade mission to the USA

    Austrade and Microsoft have again partnered to accelerate the success of the local Australian software industry through the conduct of a trade mission to the USA. Last week' s mission focused on e-learning and looked at Australia's transition to a digital economy. "Austrade...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft backs Gov 2.0 with $1 million

    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...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing Report Sees Opportunities with Federal Government Action

    A report released by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) last week (October 14) identified valuable opportunities for Australian governments, business and researchers in “cloud” computing – a business estimated to be worth $US20 billion world-wide...
  • Blog Post: Spatial Industry Surfaces for Minister

    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...
  • Blog Post: Growth Summit 2010

    Global Access Partners last week convened a Summit with key business and government leaders titled “The National Economic Review” to analyse Australia’s strengths, highlight opportunities for progress and develop a plan for growth and innovation. The 2010 Summit, the first in the...
  • Blog Post: Driving down software piracy – why should governments care?

    Guest blog from Business Software Alliance Australia has one of the world’s most comprehensive legislative regimes for the protection of intellectual property, including software. Now it’s time for Australian governments to focus on enforcement. The latest report on the state of global...
  • Blog Post: Leaders could face up to voters with a full web debate

    Cross posted from The Punch We are all familiar with the television debates between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition that occur in the lead up to a Federal election - but are Australians ready for online election debates? Last month, NSW held what was billed as the first election...
  • Blog Post: Perfect Storm for Health ICT

    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. In an article originally published in the January 2010 issue of Hospital & Agedcare Magazine, Kate McDonald spoke to...
  • Blog Post: Where next for the cloud?

    The computing experience is undergoing a powerful transformation. Increasingly, consumers, businesses and government are harnessing the computing power offered through the accumulation of powerful servers located in data centres located around the globe. This is the cloud. In Where next? Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: NAIDOC Week: Our support for Indigenous Entrepreneurs

    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. Earlier this year, the RISE initiative was launched by Yarnteen , a program supported by Microsoft and Social Ventures...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Australia breaks software donation target

    At the close of each financial year companies across Australia take account of their performance. In the simplest terms, this tends to be a focus on the facts, figures and financial performance targets. Here at Microsoft we asses more than just our business performance. We also take stock of our support...
  • Blog Post: Are we entering a new era of sustainability?

    This month Accenture released their UN Global Compact CEO Study 2010 , the largest such study of CEOs ever conducted on the topic of sustainability. The report suggests that we are entering a “new era of sustainability”. This is an era where sustainability is not seen as a separate “feel...
  • Blog Post: Australian Software Industry Gets Exposure in USA

    Microsoft and the Australian Government (Austrade) are joining forces to drive entrepreneurship within the Australian software community and support the development, commercialisation and internationalisation of innovative solutions to address global environmental challenges and opportunities. As...
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