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  • Blog Post: Microsoft welcomes Australian Government’s ‘Cloud First’ Policy

    Microsoft Australia welcomes the change in the Australian Government’s policy on cloud computing. The new policy landscape commits the Government to actively consider cloud services, streamlines the approval process for cloud, while reinforcing the need for risk-based decision making and compliance...
  • Blog Post: Industry-leading security milestone for Microsoft Azure in Australia

    To fully realise the benefits of cloud computing, Microsoft recognises that we must do everything possible to provide our customers with the confidence that their data is secure, protected and handled with the utmost care. At Microsoft, we base our approach on decades of experience, a strong commitment...
  • Blog Post: Minister launches ThinkUKnow Presentation in Stirling, WA

    Yesterday the Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan, returned to his home electorate of Stirling, Western Australia, to launch a ThinkUKnow cyber safety presentation. The ThinkUKnow program works to educate parents, teachers and carers about the risks faced online and provide help in creating...
  • 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: Helping children become safe and secure online

    Microsoft takes the safety of children online seriously. Through our partnership with the AFP & Datacom on the ThinkUKnow program in Australia, we aim to educate parents on how they can keep their children safe online every day of the year. Microsoft partners with the Australian Government to...
  • Blog Post: Clarity Comes to Cloud Privacy

    In exactly a month’s time, Australia’s privacy regulatory regime will change. New amendments to the Privacy Act come into force on 12 March 2014. Microsoft Australia welcomes the incoming Privacy Act amendments. Contrary to some reports, the new amendments to the Privacy Act are not...
  • Blog Post: Safer Internet Day - Microsoft welcomes Queensland Police Services, Western Australia Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia to ThinkUKnow

    Microsoft welcomes Queensland Police Service, Western Australia Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia to the ThinkUKnow program. The partnership will help deliver more training to more parents on this extremely important topic, resulting in a safer online environment for children. We are proud to...
  • 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: Microsoft welcomes Government’s Cloud Strategy

    Microsoft welcomes the release of the Government’s National Cloud Computing Strategy. “We agree with the Government and Cebit that ‘cloud computing has reached its tipping point. It is no longer a trend, but an absolute business requirement’,” said Pip Marlow, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft welcomes Data Breach Notification Legislation

    Microsoft Australia welcomes the Government’s announcement that it will introduce the Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill into Parliament in coming days. “Microsoft supports the introduction of this legislation and calls on the Parliament to pass it in the final sitting weeks,”...
  • Blog Post: Parents across regional Queensland connect to ThinkUKnow

    The Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) together with ThinkUKnow, an initiative of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Microsoft, and supported by ninemsn and Datacom, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deliver cyber-safety training to parents across Queensland. The...
  • Blog Post: GovHack 2013 – A national approach for inspiring government

    Microsoft is excited to be sponsoring the GovHack 2013. GovHack 2013 has gone from big to bigger with a national event this year. From May 31 to June 2 2013, 8 locations in Australia will come together with over 400 participants and 150 teams to play with government data and create unique solutions...
  • Blog Post: The Hidden Risks of Using Pirated Software

    Ever wondered how much cheap (or free) pirated software could cost you? How much do you value the photos of that treasured family occasion, the sensitive data stored on your computer or the passwords you type to logon to your bank website? Microsoft Australia went to local markets in Melbourne to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft welcomes Social Networking Protocol

    Microsoft today welcomed the Cooperative Arrangement for Complaints Handling announced by the Prime Minister which calls on major technology companies to work co-operatively with Government, law enforcement agencies and the community to help address the issue of online bullying. “Technology...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ranked #1 for Corporate Social Responsibility in Reputation Institute’s 2012 CSR RepTrak™ 100 Report

    Today, the Reputation Institute, one of the world’s leading reputation management consultant firms, announced Microsoft ranked #1 when it released its 2012 CSR RepTrak™ 100 report naming the companies with the best reputations for corporate social responsibility around the world. The study...
  • 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: 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: YouthSpark launches

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has launched Microsoft YouthSpark – an initiative to create opportunities for 300 million young people around the world over the next three years. With many countries, including many major economies, struggling to generate economic growth under the burden of substantial...
  • Blog Post: One click Internet Explorer Fix it available now

    A solution has been released today by Microsoft that will update Internet Explorer. The Fix it solution is a simple, one-click action that will help protect your computer. It will not affect your ability to browse the web, and it does not require a reboot of your computer. On Saturday (September...
  • 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 Encourages Species Conservation Through New Global Partnership

    Climate change poses a real threat to animal species as they struggle to adapt to a warming planet and changing ecosystems. In fact, scientific research in the past decade has found that the impact of climate change could commit 15 to 37 percent of land species to extinction by 2050. Organizations like...
  • Blog Post: Ai Group Technology Summit 2012

    Microsoft is proud to sponsor the Ai group Technology Summit 2012 . The Summit will provide business owners with a clear understanding of how strategic implementation of technologies can improve productivity and build business capabilities. This Summit will showcase expert information and case studies...
  • Blog Post: Futures Portal - IT industry policy news

    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, Futures will navigate you through a range of issues, notably cloud computing...
  • Blog Post: A little known feature making a big difference

    As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Week , we wanted to highlight one of the lesser known features in your browser that is making a big difference to the safety of Australian consumers online. It’s called SmartScreen Application Reputation and it’s a free feature switched on by default...
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