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.
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Malicious attempts to infiltrate computer infrastructure have become more frequent and more sophisticated. When these attacks succeed, the consequences for the victims can be serious. Confidential information and personal information are at risk.
In this environment, we hear that security is often the number one consideration for organisations when considering the future of their technology infrastructure. Security is a valid concern, and we encourage organisations to consider their options carefully.
A relatively new option that has come to the fore is cloud computing. Business and government organisations can save time and money with cloud services, and they give professionals, small businesses, schools and charities unprecedented access to leading edge technology that would previously have required dedicated in-house resources that were simply beyond their means.
To help organisations realise these benefits, Microsoft has recently launched cloud services such as Office 365, which delivers familiar cloud-based productivity technology to organisations of all sizes.
However there is no question that organisations must consider how security, data protection, privacy, and data ownership needs will be met by the technology they use.
Microsoft takes these concerns seriously and has applied its experience with the Security Development Lifecycle to its cloud services. Many organisations find that our cloud services can provide a higher standard of security at lower cost than they would be capable of maintaining with their own in-house systems.
Taking Office 365 as an example, our goal is to operate each layer of the services as securely as possible, and to give organisations accurate information about our security, so that organisations can make informed comparisons. Each year, Microsoft cloud datacentres undergo third-party audits to validate compliance with our policies and procedures for security, privacy, continuity and compliance.
To help decision makers compare their options, the company has provided detailed information, certified to the ISO 27001 standard, signed the European Union Safe Harbour agreement, and a public response to the Cloud Security Alliance’s Cloud Control Matrix.
We recognise that a few organisations do have security requirements that go beyond what is offered in a distributed multitenant environment like Office 365. Microsoft has designed Office 365 to provide flexibility for organisations to choose how they deploy technology. Organisations can deploy Microsoft solutions on their own premises or with a service provider, and because both solutions are built on the same technology, there is always the choice to move between running servers on their own premises.
Office 365 is designed to deliver security requirements that exceed what most organisations could deploy themselves, to enable them to use the cloud with confidence.
By Dr Mark Rees, National Technology Officer, Microsoft New Zealand Limited
Security and the Cloud video (3 minutes) - with Microsoft Senior Vice President Chris Capossela
Microsoft Global Foundation Services Datacentre Tour (10 minutes) – An inside look at Microsoft Cloud Services
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