Australia becomes home to ground-breaking research centre

Innovation is part of the Microsoft DNA and we continue to invest in innovation all around the world, including Australia. I’m really excited that this morning in Melbourne, we are announcing the opening of the new Microsoft Centre for Social Natural User Interface (‘NUI’) Research – the first dedicated research centre of its kind in…


“Working on Water”: Harbour City Ferries Mobilises Workforce

Harbour City Ferries and its crew are an iconic part of Sydney’s landscape and heritage, and are a vital part of the city’s transport infrastructure. Every day, thousands of Sydneysiders rely on Harbour City Ferries to get to work, get things done and connect with work colleagues, customers and friends.  Alongside the recent timetable upgrade…


Expert Educators and Mentor Schools pushing the boundaries of technology in education

Australia has long been a leader in using technology to improve learning opportunities for students.  Globally, Australia is seen as one of the most forward thinking countries in the world when it comes to transforming education. At Microsoft, we are excited to see the innovative ways in which Australian schools are embracing technology, how teachers…


9-5 is a song, not a lifestyle

Today, Microsoft Australia’s managing director, Pip Marlow, challenged me to not come into office. I wasn’t alone. She challenged our entire Australian workforce to stay away. Traditionally, when you get asked to stay away from work, it’s probably not a great thing. However, in this scenario, we’ll still be working – just not in the…


Australia adjusting? Or Australia disrupting?

When I travel to different Microsoft subsidiaries around the world, people often ask me, ‘what’s in the water in Australia?’ While most countries have struggled to some degree over the last five challenging years, Australia has continued to grow, and on most measures we’re doing exceptionally well. But we can’t be complacent, and as the…


Chief Innovation Officer Spotlight: Coca Cola Amatil

This week, I’m spending time at the Gartner Symposium on the Gold Coast. It’s a really insightful and interesting experience. The pace of change that we’re experiencing in the technology industry is on show and you get a true sense for how much CIOs are having to contend with. It’s clear that there are some…


Taking the wraps off Windows 8.1

Less than a year ago, we were preparing to launch Windows 8, which introduced our vision of highly personalised mobile computing. And here we are today announcing the global availability of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving the product to create a richer customer experience. We are excited to have Australian…


Campari Australia Mobilises with Windows 8 Tablets

Following Campari Australia’s rollout of HP ElitePad’s running Windows 8 within its sales and marketing teams, we caught up with Loic Herbin, IT Manager, APAC, Campari, to discuss the reasons behind their implementation, the success they’ve seen to date, and the beveraging company’s future plans with the Windows 8 platform.   Q: Given Campari Australia…


Microsoft unveils Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and new accessories

From the beginning, we’ve had an ambitious vision to make Surface the most productive tablets on the planet – for personal and professional use. We strongly believe that many people need great devices for play and getting things done. So it gives me great pleasure to announce two brand new Surface models – Surface 2…


Surface commercial distribution open for business in Australia

Today, we’re pleased to announce the next phase of our distribution program for Surface RT and Surface Pro for our commercial, education and public sector customers in Australia. Microsoft’s global approach has been to expand commercial distribution for Surface in a thoughtful way. This expansion continues to be via a select ecosystem of established channel…