Microsoft welcomes Government’s Innovation Policy

Microsoft today welcomed the Turnbull Government’s Innovation Statement that proposes around 20 new measures to accelerate Australia’s innovation ecosystem to ensure Australia can remain globally competitive. “I am delighted to see this package of policies and reforms because a comprehensive suite of measures will be required if we are going to be able to compete…


Microsoft celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Microsoft Australia is proud to join others around the world in commemorating the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities today. This year’s theme is Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People with Disabilities – which resonates strongly with our ambition at Microsoft. Our mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet…


Lessons from Boston: Three key ingredients for promoting innovation in Australia

Pip Marlow, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia To remain globally competitive, and maintain its high standard of living, Australia must quickly become a more innovation-driven economy. That means identifying the conditions required for competitive, high-value businesses    to thrive. It also means capitalising on today’s high level of interest in innovation and the role that governments, businesses,…


Microsoft welcomes innovation and coding policy focus

Today, the Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten announced that if Labor was to form Government after the next election, it would establish a $4.5 million grant program to fund initiatives that inspire girls to learn code.The proposed grant program would support a range of industry-led or grassroots initiatives that have emerged to encourage young people,…


US$500K to Australian Nonprofits to help #UpgradeYourWorld

Today, I’m thrilled to announce Microsoft Australia’s Windows 10 #UpgradeYourWorldAU community investment of US$500,000 cash, to be shared equally across ten nonprofits that are making a real difference to our local communities. We have selected the first five local nonprofits who will each receive a donation of US$50,000. We now want Australians to have their…


International Missing Children’s Day launched to commemorate missing children globally

Today, Minister for Justice the Hon. Michael Keenan and AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin encouraged Australians to continue their efforts to locate those still missing at the launch of International Missing Children’s Day 2015. The day will be recognised globally on Monday 25 May, with this year’s focus being on the safe location and recovery of…


National Consumer Fraud Week 18 – 24 May 2015

This week marks the start of this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Week. Microsoft is proud to be a continued supporer of this important initiative from the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce. If you haven’t stopped and thought about how you keep your private information secure, chances are you could be leaving it wide open for scammers to steal….


If you do only one thing to reduce your cybersecurity risk…

James Kavanagh, National Security Officer, Microsoft Australia Patching of security vulnerabilities is the single most important activity any organisation can undertake to secure their information systems. Having modern, up-to-date and fully patched software is essential to providing a foundation on which other security controls can be overlaid. This is reflected by Australian Signals Directorate guidance…


Office365 and Azure listed as ASD Certified Cloud Services

James Kavanagh, National Security Officer, Microsoft Australia I’d like to share with you some important news about the Certification of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).  Today, ASD established a Certified Cloud Services List and published a revised Information Security Manual (ISM) that provides a streamlined and effective way…


Microsoft Office 365 delivers the trusted cloud productivity platform for Australia

James Kavanagh, National Security Officer, Microsoft Australia We know that considerations around security, privacy and compliance are essential to how you evaluate and realise value from cloud services.  So I’d like to share with you some recent progress Microsoft has made in this regard as we announce the availability of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft…