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  • Blog Post: Microsoft welcomes Government’s Innovation Agenda and Small Business support

    Pip Marlow, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia This week Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy designed to drive economic diversity, encourage entrepreneurship and develop and support new enterprises. This policy...
  • 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 Awards a $75,000 Imagine Cup Grant to jumpstart Australia’s Team StethoCloud

    Yesterday, Microsoft Corp. announced the winners of the second annual Imagine Cup Grants, a three-year, US $3 million competitive grant program that provides students with funding and support to help transform their project into a social enterprise or nonprofit that will address a specific social issue...
  • 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: Privacy and Technology in Balance?

    This week, I had the opportunity to speak in Uruguay at the 34th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. This conference brings together leading authorities on privacy from more than 50 countries, including many of the key government officials and regulators responsible...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Government Webinar Schedule - Windows 8, Windows Server, Office 2013 & Lync

    The Microsoft Government Webinar Series is now live! We will be hosting a monthly webinar where you can get the latest information on the hottest topics in the Government and Public Sector space. You can register or request copies of the recordings by email to Cooper Wearne at t-cwear@microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2013 Set to Inspire More Young Innovators

    Microsoft announced that it has redesigned the upcoming Imagine Cup 2013 around three new core competitions — World Citizenship, Games and Innovation — and significantly increased the prize money to encourage more young developers and aspiring entrepreneurs to participate in the annual event...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft adopts CarbonSystems’ Environmental Sustainability Platform

    “ You can’t manage what you can’t measure”, is an old management adage that is the motivation for Microsoft’s decision to select and adopt a cloud-based application for automatically capturing and reporting the company’s use of non-renewable resources. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: State Government and Microsoft team up through new SMB Innovation Outreach Program

    (Media Release from the Hon Simon Finn MP, Minister for Government Services, Building Industry and ICT) The State Government has thrown its support behind a new Innovation Outreach Program to be established in Brisbane by Microsoft, in what’s believed to be an Australia first. Information...
  • Blog Post: Federal Government releases National Digital Economy Strategy

    The Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy this morning released the Federal Government’s National Digital Economy Strategy . The Strategy is the product of over 18 months work by the Minister’s Department. It articulates the Government’s...
  • Blog Post: Minister for School Education puts Australia’s imagination to the test

    Australia is selected to become host nation in 2012 to the world championships of innovation: The Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals. It’s part of the Aussie national spirit, attitude and way of life; it’s seen as vital to our nation’s health, wealth and wellbeing; but Australians...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft makes innovation payments to the ACT

    Microsoft Australia has made payments totaling $784,222.58 to the Australian Capital Territory in support of ICT innovation. The payments to InTACT ($667,373.42) and ACTEW/AGL ($116,849.16) were processed earlier this month. The payments constitute the residual funds accumulated through Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: APEC Japan 2010

    Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie participated in a panel session at the APEC CEO Summit held in Yokohama, Japan, on November 13, on the topic of Innovation and ICT. Craig Mundie was joined on the panel by Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who provided the introductory...
  • Blog Post: Queensland companies showcase Microsoft Surface

    Microsoft Gold Partners have developed Surface applications to benefit the Queensland Government and improve Government to citizen interactions. Spotlight 2010: Microsoft Surface is a competition for local Microsoft Gold Partners to develop the best solution that takes advantage of the innovative...
  • 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: 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: Computer skills build thriving communities

    (Opinion piece published in Australian Financial Review, 12 June 2010) Late last year, I had the opportunity to visit a community centre at the Collingwood public housing estate in Melbourne. The centre acts as a hub for the estate and is the base from which a dedicated training program, run by Infoxchange...
  • Blog Post: ThinkUKnow and Innovation Award

    This month ThinkUknow , a joint initiative between Microsoft, Ninemsn and the Australian Federal Police (AFP), was awarded the SC Magazine’s Innovation award at the AusCERT Gala dinner. The award recognises an individual or team that has changed the traditional practice of IT security. ThinkUKnow...
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