July, 2011

  • NZ GovTech - Microsoft New Zealand Government Affairs Blog

    Learning for our future

    Children enjoy learning, and today’s ‘digital natives’ use technology to consume more information at a faster pace than ever before. This aptitude makes for an exciting future, but to make the most of our investments in the next generation we must be mindful of the hurdles on the course.

    How should we prepare young people for life and work in this new environment? It is not about any given device or a specific curriculum.  Although both will play a role, there needs to be a wider debate about the education strategy that will guide these choices.

    Certainly, technology can help to bring quality education to everyone. It can foster communication and collaboration among students, teachers, parents, academics and employers. This way, children have unprecedented opportunities to level the playing field, to explore, mentor one another, and be valued contributors to their communities. This requires digital literacy, which encompasses not just technical skills and understanding, but also a consciousness of online safety and cyber citizenship. And to make it work, we must improve the economic and operational efficiencies of education systems.

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    With compliments from Microsoft

    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. There are probably at least a million more who might like to. We hope you’ll find something that will surprise and delight you.

    To make it easier to find what you're interested in, we’ve used the following themes:

    • Reach for the cloud
    • Get creative
    • Make your Office more social
    • Get technical
    • Spark new ventures and support charity

     

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    Celebrating Kiwi excellence on the World Stage

    It’s an exciting month here at Microsoft as we hold our annual Worldwide Partner Conference which celebrates the businesses who use technology to transform the way our customers work.

    This year stood out for showing Kiwi innovation to the world.

    Our success depends on the 3,500 business partners and the 29,000 professionals who work in the New Zealand ecosystem around Microsoft services and devices, and this is our chance to connect them to the Microsoft’s leaders and their peers around the world. We were delighted that seventy people from forty organisations flew all the way from New Zealand to Los Angeles this year to join us.

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    Māori language packs for Windows and Office

    Every year since 1975, New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week, te wiki o te reo Māori. This is a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori (the Māori language) and to use more Māori phrases in everyday life.

    Te reo Māori is a unique part of New Zealand culture and one of our three official languages. To mark Māori Language week this year (4 – 10 July), Microsoft New Zealand announced the availability of complimentary Māori language packs for Windows 7 and Office 2010.

    The translation builds on the work of the Maori Language Commission and the University of Waikato in previous interpretations for Microsoft XP and Vista, and offers a wider vocabulary and greater accuracy, particularly when it comes to new words describing new innovations and technology. “We found that certain Māori words used in relation to technology didn’t always capture the true spirit of the English word, so we’ve developed and adapted words that are becoming increasing adopted,” says Wareko Te Āngina, an independent translator who worked as moderator on the project.

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    Next Generation Smartphone Services and Consumer Privacy

    The rapid uptake of the next generation of smartphone hardware is providing the platform for new and innovative services. A modern smartphone ships with a complex array of sensors that are capable of pinpointing the phone's location, tracking the rate at which it is moving, and taking high quality digital images of its environment.

    Deployment of these phones along with improvements in Internet connectivity and ready availability of cloud computing resources provide ingredients for a period of rapid innovation.

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