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.
As we browse the internet, we read, search, and click. This online behaviour has commercial value, so it is observed, recorded and linked across multiple websites to build behavioural profiles. There are usually no obvious visible signs of this tracking on the websites we visit, although the advertising, maps and other content we see on websites is often provided by organisations other than the website operator and what we see may be based on a behavioural profile. Many people find it useful that websites are automatically tailored to them, but others may prefer not to have their activities on the web tracked in this way.
Internet Explorer 9, which was released last week, is the first web browser to include a new feature called Tracking Protection which helps people stay in control of this tracking – and therefore their privacy – as they browse the web.
Tracking Protection provides an added level of control and choice over information that can potentially be used to track your browsing activity. By adding a Tracking Protection List, Internet Explorer 9 will prevent information from being sent by limiting data requests to websites in the list until you choose to turn it off.
If you have Internet Explorer 9, it's simple to add a Tracking Protection List of your choice.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards body has announced that they have accepted Microsoft's proposal on a common W3C standard for Web Tracking Protection, and we hope that other web browsers will adopt this privacy enhancing technology in the future.
We'd be interested in your feedback on privacy and the internet. Do you think the new Tracking Protection will be useful?
Ed Bott did a study of the different tracking lists that is handy to read if you want to use this.