Microsoft & AFP online safety program, ThinkUKnow, receives the NAPCAN Outstanding Prevention Initiative Award

Today, during National Child Protection Week (NCPW), ThinkUKnow was awarded ‘Outstanding Prevention Initiative’ by the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, at the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) ‘Play Your Part’ Awards Breakfast.   Microsoft is proud of this important partnership with the Australian Federal Police, which is also supported by…


Microsoft welcomes Government’s Cloud Strategy

Microsoft welcomes the release of the Government’s National Cloud Computing Strategy.“We agree with the Government and Cebit that ‘cloud computing has reached its tipping point. It is no longer a trend, but an absolute business requirement’,” said Pip Marlow, Microsoft Australia’s Managing Director.“We are greatly encouraged by the strong statements that the ‘government will be…


Microsoft welcomes Data Breach Notification Legislation

Microsoft Australia welcomes the Government’s announcement that it will introduce the Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill into Parliament in coming days. “Microsoft supports the introduction of this legislation and calls on the Parliament to pass it in the final sitting weeks,” said Pip Marlow, Managing Director. “As consumers, businesses and even governments seek the incredible…


Parents across regional Queensland connect to ThinkUKnow

The Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) together with ThinkUKnow, an initiative of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Microsoft, and supported by ninemsn and Datacom, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deliver cyber-safety training to parents across Queensland. The partnership was announced today, marking the first day of National Cyber Security Awareness…


GovHack 2013 – A national approach for inspiring government

Microsoft is excited to be sponsoring the GovHack 2013. GovHack 2013 has gone from big to bigger with a national event this year. From May 31 to June 2 2013, 8 locations in Australia will come together with over 400 participants and 150 teams to play with government data and create unique solutions and services….


The Hidden Risks of Using Pirated Software

Ever wondered how much cheap (or free) pirated software could cost you? How much do you value the photos of that treasured family occasion, the sensitive data stored on your computer or the passwords you type to logon to your bank website? Microsoft Australia went to local markets in Melbourne to purchase counterfeit Windows and…


Safer Internet Day 2013

Safer Internet Day is an annual event organised by the European network for internet safety, Insafe. This year, Safer Internet Day will be held on 5 February and celebrated in more than 60 countries worldwide. The theme of Safer Internet Day 2013 is “Online Rights and Responsibilities” and users around the world are encouraged to…


National Panel for Economic Reform Communiqué – Putting People First

The Communiqué released by the Prime Minister following the inaugural meeting of the National Panel for Economic Reform is welcomed by Microsoft Australia. It reiterates the importance to Australia of instituting policy and management reforms across the economy that focus on the goal of achieving long-term productivity gains. While some may see the goal of…


Microsoft welcomes Social Networking Protocol

Microsoft today welcomed the Cooperative Arrangement for Complaints Handling announced by the Prime Minister which calls on major technology companies to work co-operatively with Government, law enforcement agencies and the community to help address the issue of online bullying. “Technology and social media offer amazing opportunities to connect, share and communicate, but it also brings…