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-fueled 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.
On Tuesday, InternetNZ will host a debate about New Zealand's Digital Future. In parallel, InternetNZ has released a discussion document titled Future: Digital. Vikram Kumar explains, “Future: Digital is about the need for a shared, common vision for where New Zealand will be in 10 to 20 years time. The economic opportunity is for high growth, exports, jobs, productivity, wages, returns and prosperity. The social, cultural, environmental and government impacts are profound. All elements have to be woven together to form a fabric of fundamental change.” These are powerful themes to work from to plan how we can contribute to our country reaching its potential. Since Microsoft’s inception, we have been excited about technology’s role in building a better future. We would like to see New Zealand make the best of these opportunities. An impressive panel of political party spokespeople and commentators is participating in the debate. It promises to be a great event.
Last night NZICT Group and EMA hosted a feisty debate about cloud computing. The moot was, “Is the cloud all hot air or the biggest game changer we’ve ever seen?”
The speakers were Doug Wilson (CIO, Automobile Assocation), Brett Roberts (Consultant), Andrew Crabb (Head of Business and Government, TelstraClear) and Ben Kepes (Business Analyst and Entrepreneur). The debate was moderated by Doug Casement (CIO of Renaissance and industry commentator).
The debate was presented with colour and passion, and as a member of the audience it was lots of fun, at least for those of us whose first thought on hearing the word cloud is computing, not the weather or a venue on the Auckland waterfront!