Microsoft backs Gov 2.0 with $1 million

In June 2009 when the Federal Government announced the establishment of a Government 2.0 Taskforce, Microsoft agreed to make available up to $2.45 million for a Project Fund, to fund projects connected with the Taskforce’s work. This funding was provided under an Operational Agreement between Microsoft and the Commonwealth. That support funded 18 commissioned projects, two…

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Tackling cybercrime

Recently Stuart Strathdee, chief security advisor, Microsoft Australia, discussed the latest security report, Security Intelligence Report version 9 (SIRv9) in an interview with Sky Business News. The Security Intelligence Report is a comprehensive evaluation of the evolving threat landscape and trends. The information can help you make sound risk-management decisions and identify potential adjustments to…

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Cloud Computing Report Sees Opportunities with Federal Government Action

A report released by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) last week (October 14) identified valuable opportunities for Australian governments, business and researchers in “cloud” computing – a business estimated to be worth $US20 billion world-wide and growing rapidly. The Report – Cloud Computing: Opportunities and Challenges for Australia – notes that governments, businesses…

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Australian Schools lead the way for innovative use of technology in the classroom

Australian schools have been highlighted as amongst the world’s most advanced users of technology in the classroom, according to Microsoft. Seven Australian schools are among just 80 selected from across the globe to participate in Microsoft’s 2011 Worldwide Innovative Schools Program – a 10-year, $500 million initiative to help teachers and school leaders more effectively…

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Spatial Industry Surfaces for Minister

Last week, The Honourable Martin Ferguson AM, MP, Federal Minister for Energy and Resources, delivered the opening address in Canberra at spatial@gov – the premier event for the Australian spatial industry. Minister Ferguson took time to visit Geomatic Technologies (GT), a Microsoft Gold Partner and leading Bing Maps reseller, to see the power of the Surface…

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Technology forum for Nonprofits and charities

For the first time, Microsoft Australia will be hosting a forum targeting the nonprofit and charity sector with the focus on technology. The free forum is being organised with Microsoft’s partner, Connecting Up Australia, and is being held at Microsoft offices in North Ryde on November 4th 2010. Technology plays an important role for nonprofits,…

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Agreement with Australian Indigenous Minorities Supply Council

This week Microsoft Australia signed a corporate membership agreement with Australian Indigenous Minorities Supply Council (AIMSC). The signing ceremony took place between Natalie Walker, CEO of AIMSC and Microsoft Australia’s Managing Director, Tracey Fellows. By signing the agreement, Microsoft seeks to actively contribute to a sustainable Indigenous enterprise sector and is proud to be one…

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Social Inclusion initiatives in South Australia

Last week, Emilio Umeoka, Vice President, Microsoft Asia Pacific and responsible for Microsoft operations in this region met with Mike Rann, Premier of South Australia to discuss social inclusion initiatives. After being elected as Premier in 2002, Mike Rann initiated South Australia’s Social Inclusion Initiative based on the British (Blair) Government’s Social Exclusion Unit.  After…

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