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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.
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. The Imagine Cup Grants are part of Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth over the next 3 years.
Australia's Team StethoCloud were awarded the second place grant of $75,000 for developing a solution to diagnose childhood pneumonia.
At Microsoft, we have some of the world’s top privacy researchers working on a wide variety of interesting challenges. We strive to translate this research into new privacy-enhancing technologies.
We recently released a new whitepaper on Microsoft’s research in Differential Privacy written by Javier Salido on my team.
Microsoft is contributing software, services and technical expertise to address the needs of citizen science on the Great Barrier Reef, an important milestone in bringing the power of technology to the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef.
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 of our DNA.
At Microsoft, we uphold the belief that “work is something that you do, not a place that you go to”. We trust our people to do great work, hold them accountable for the outcomes of their roles and empower them to select the most suitable location in which to achieve this – whether that is from home, in the office or on the go
Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft, discusses the need for a thoughtful and consistent approach to privacy that respects the need and expectations of consumers while balancing the many other benefits that today's technology and use of data can provide.
This post summarizes a speech that Brad gave in Uruguay this week at the 34th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, in which he outlined some of the key areas of focus for Microsoft when it comes to privacy
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 programs offered by ABCN, with the main purpose of improving educational opportunities for students and schools that are most in need. Through the mentoring programs, ABCN strives to address issues such as inadequate literacy skills and improving student retention.
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
Earlier this week, an issue impacting Internet Explorer when a user views a website hosting malicious code, affected a small number of customers. The potential exists, however, that more customers could be affected.
As a result, today we have released a Fix it. Fix it is a simple, one-click solution 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.
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.
The webinars focus on Windows 8, Windows Server, Office 2013 & Lync.
Microsoft announced that it has redesigned the upcoming Imagine Cup 2013around 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.
In its 11th year, the Worldwide Finals of Imagine Cup 2013 will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, from 8 to 11 July 2013. The competition will build on the core elements that have contributed to the Imagine Cup’s popularity with students in the past 10 years — social impact and gaming — while expanding the competition’s focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.