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.
Most of us disclose a lot of private information on the Internet without really thinking about it. What we search for, the links we click, and our email can be very personal.
In an ideal world, we would all read and understand the privacy statement of each company whose services we use. We would check to see to what extent they limit themselves to using our information only to serve us, or whether they claim rights to use our information for their own purposes.
But it's asking a lot of people to read long statements when they're often just wanting to get things done. And it’s not always obvious who is collecting this information about us. Most of us make decisions about who we trust with our personal information at a simpler level.
How do you decide who to trust?
I think about four simple things that are likely to influence how a company (or other organisation) will respect my privacy preferences over time. I think about their motivations, leadership, discipline, and track record.
It’s Privacy Awareness Week in New Zealand from Sunday 29 April.
Privacy on the Internet is something that a lot of people are interested in, but there are few simple explanations of the issues.
In this article I’d like to explain a bit about how your activity on the Internet is tracked, and what you can do about it.
When you look at a website, it’s quite usual for your web browser to automatically communicate with several other websites at the same time. The site you want to look at might also connect to social networking sites, show advertising from other sites, and use third-party analytics to profile you. Here’s a simplified diagram to show how a tracking and advertising company might build a profile based on your activity tracked across multiple websites.
Like the example in the diagram, most of this is quite benign. Maybe I want to see the highest bidder’s most relevant camera advertisements. But if you’re like me, you may prefer that it just doesn’t happen.
Cloud computing is not just being adopted by the business community in New Zealand but has also made a significant impact in not-for-profit organizations (NFP) across the country. Attendees of the Connecting Communities conference in Christchurch on 29 February 2012 learnt of several NFPs who have used the Microsoft cloud as a key enabler of both the vision and transformation of their organizations. The NFP focused conference was hosted by Microsoft New Zealand in association with Social Development Partners, as part of Microsoft New Zealand’s programme of activities supporting NFPs to build their IT capability.