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    Te reo Māori choice for Windows 8, Office 2013, and the Internet

    For ten years Microsoft has been collaborating with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) and language experts to bring free te reo Māori interfaces to the technology that millions of Kiwis use every day.

    In preparation for Māori Language Week 2013, Microsoft has announced today that the choice to use te reo Māori in Windows 8, Office 2013, Outlook.com, and Internet Explorer 10 is available now.

    Detail of Windows 8 Start Screen with Te Reo Maori

    “We are thrilled to continue our support for te reo Māori,” says Paul Muckleston, Managing Director of Microsoft New Zealand Limited. “We are grateful for the hard work that so many people have done to make it possible to weave this taonga into the very latest of tablet, smartphone, PC, and cloud technologies.”

    “We are also announcing our support for a new initiative that can bring free te reo Māori translations to the Internet with the Microsoft Translator Hub in the future,” says Muckleston.

    “Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to te reo Māori deserves to be celebrated,” says Glenis Philip-Barbara, Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori. “Microsoft has worked with translators to develop and polish top notch translations for more than 100,000 phrases and they provide a truly immersive experience. It is exciting to see our language so comprehensively supported in the Microsoft products that are widely used in our community.”

    Philip-Barbara adds that support for te reo Māori in technology is essential for investing in tamariki by offering an interface from their school years. This allows youth to be immersed in te reo for life. 

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    Take Control of Your Privacy

    1 to 7 May 2011 is Privacy Awareness Week. It’s a great time to take a few moments to look at simple things we can all do to look out for our own personal privacy in our day to day computing.

    Your privacy matters, and if you want to stay in control, there may even be some new tricks to learn.

    The simplest way to control your information is to be careful about how and when you give it out. The focus of this article is on some simple steps you can take as a home user to control the information you do choose to share.

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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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    Building a wealthier nation through innovation

    Microsoft is passionate about the success of New Zealand businesses on the world stage. From Windows, to Xbox, to the cloud, many Kiwi innovators build on Microsoft technology. When these innovators succeed, we succeed. We do our best to help, with inspiration , expertise , offshore scale , and special deals for start-ups . Innovators also need clear, predictable laws that let them choose for themselves the business model that’s the “best fit”, and prepares them for success on the world stage.

    In March 2010, a new provision was inserted in the Patents Bill which will take away choice from the technology sector and diverge from international norms and the laws of New Zealand's export markets. The scope and effect to the provision, clause 15(3A), is so ambiguous that a seven page explanatory document published by the Ministry of Economic Development was unable to clarify how the provision will be applied.

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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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    New copyright law and your internet connection - steps to take

    The Copyright Act has recently been amended to give copyright holders a new option to advise an internet account holder that the account is being used for copyright infringement.

    Copyright holders usually cannot tell who the account holder is, so the notices are sent to internet service providers and then forwarded to the internet account holders. If multiple infringements from the same internet account are detected, it could lead (after a number of warnings and a weighing of the evidence) to a penalty from the Copyright Tribunal.

    The new law is intended to keep pace with technology by providing a more practical way for creators to discourage copying of their music, movies, books and software on “file sharing” networks without permission or payment for their work. However, the new law does mean that an internet account holder now has a level of responsibility not only for their own internet use, but also for everyone else who uses the internet connection. That means a new level of accountability for what family members, flatmates and staff do online.

    Before we suggest some practical steps for internet account holders, it is useful to understand the basics of peer to peer file sharing, which is the primary focus of the new law.

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    Connecting Communities forum

    Microsoft New Zealand will be hosting a Connecting Communities forum targeting the nonprofit and charity sector with the focus on technology.

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    Innovate with Cloud Computing

    Businesses use technology to improve productivity. They need it to speed up innovation, and help with the basic needs to save money and get more done.

    Internet-based subscriptions make cloud computing a cheaper way for businesses to get computer technology working for them. Capital expenditure and maintenance can largely be taken care of by cloud providers in return for a fee based on actual use. Because of scale and automation, that fee is typically less than your actual costs would be running services yourself.

    Today's Microsoft cloud solutions can help businesses:

    • Keep email, calendars, and documents in sync, no matter where you access them.
    • Host online meetings, with rich voice, video, and document sharing.
    • Keep track of customer relationships and gain insight from data.
    • Create a simple website to provide information about your business to the world.
    • Store and quickly process enormous amounts of data for business or scientific insight.
    • Help keep an organisation’s computers and phones secure and running smoothly.
    • Efficiently host sophisticated custom websites, business apps, and virtual machines.

     

    You can move at your own speed – Microsoft’s flexible approach allows the mix of private or public services (either in NZ or in a global datacentre) that suits you. There is no “our cloud or nothing” ultimatum.

    This paper summarises some of the circumstances in which it's worth considering a cloud option, and some of the factors to weigh up when moving business-critical support services to the cloud.

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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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    The new and the old of cloud privacy

    Yesterday I was honoured to have an opportunity to speak briefly at the Privacy Commissioner's Privacy Forum,  titled "Think Big?  Privacy in the age of big data".

    A question was put to a panel by Vikram Kumar from InternetNZ as follows: “There are many real privacy risks in relation to cloud services. There also many misconceptions. What do you think is the single greatest risk and the single biggest misconception?”

    Cloud services can give rise to privacy issues, but perhaps the biggest misconception is that privacy issues arise because a service is deployed in a cloud.

    Cartoon © Chris Slane, all rights reserved. Used with permission. www.slane.co.nz

    People need to make decisions about which services to trust. This means weighing up the characteristics of a given provider and service against what is relevant and important to them, or to their organisation. To approach decisions in a principled way, it is critical not to over-simplify. We need to understand the true sources of potential issues.

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