Many people don't know they are eligible for complimentary Microsoft software and services. You can help spread the word to ensure that people in your community are making the best of what's available to them.
Microsoft and many other suppliers offer technology donations through TechSoup. Microsoft has donated more than $19,000,000 worth of technology to NZ nonprofits through this programme.
Microsoft's BizSpark programme provides complimentary software, cloud services and access to a community of partners around the world who are involved in supporting software-fuelled innovation and the next generation of technology entrepreneurs.
For home users and small businesses, Microsoft Security Essentials is a complimentary download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and is automatically updated to protect Windows PCs with the latest anti-malware technology.
Māori language packs
Complimentary Māori language packs are available for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office are available to translate commonly-used features, giving people the choice to use the technology in a language that is familiar.
Microsoft offers a number of services free of charge to help people live and work a little smarter. Here’s a quick overview of technology to make life a little simpler and more fun. More than a million Kiwis use at least one of these services, and you'll probably find something that's useful for you and your community.
Protect your online safety
For Cyber-Safety Awareness Week this year, we featured top tips to help you keep safer and more secure online.
Microsoft’s Imagine Cup asks students to take on the challenge to develop technology to make a difference in the world. In the process we hope they’ll have an experience that will inspire them to think broadly about the future.
This year nearly 300 teams of Kiwi tertiary students took on the challenge of imagining a world where technology solves the toughest problems – and to prove it can be done. It’s a gauntlet of ingenuity, perseverance and entrepreneurial skill. Just twenty teams were chosen to compete at the NZ Imagine Cup 2011 finals festival in April 2011 at the University of Auckland.
“The calibre of entries was incredible this year,” says Nigel Parker, who is closely involved in organizing the competition. The Kiwi teams are working on diverse technology concepts, ranging from software for education, to assisting the blind, to rewarding social responsibility, and zapping mosquitoes.
They’ll build from an idea into a proof of concept and business plan that is tested in front of an audience of hundreds of their peers and the competition judges. The winning team will take part in an international qualifying round to earn the chance to represent our country at the world wide finals in New York.
Worldwide, more than 300,000 students compete in Microsoft Imagine Cup events. Earlier this year we were enormously proud of Team OneBeep from New Zealand, who achieved third place at the worldwide finals in Warsaw, Poland after winning this year’s New Zealand event.
You can read more about the finalists and follow their progress on Twitter by searching for #icnz.