Innovative teachers recognised in NSW Parliament

This month, NSW Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Hon Richard Torbay MP recognised the important contribution of teachers including those in his electorate of Northern Tablelands which participated in Microsoft’s Innovative Teachers Award. Below is an excerpt of the statement made in the NSW Parliament on 3 December 2008 by Mr Torbay:   “Today…

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Early Years Literacy Program

Cherbourg State School Principal Jo Ross and Microsoft Queensland Public Sector Director, Peter Grant with Cherbourg students Microsoft Queensland Public Sector Director, Peter Grant and Community Affairs Manager, Paul Clark were invited last week to celebrate some very special books and films created by the students of Cherbourg State School produced through The Smith Family’s…

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On-line Consultation Worth the Risk

If any lesson should be learnt from the recent experience of the campaigns for the Presidency of the United States of America it should be that a network of individuals is infinitely more powerful than an individual’s networks – and that a network of networks is even more powerful again. In an era of global…

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Supporting indigenous youth, 2NM radio interview

Last week (24 November) Paul Clark, Community Affairs Manager, Microsoft Australia was interviewed by Hunter Radio 2NM to talk about Microsoft’s programs targeting indigenous communities, in particular the Community Technology Skills grant awarded to Yarnteen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation.   Microsoft provides grants to our community partners through the Community Technology Skills program…

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Microsoft supports National Multicultural Marketing Awards

Photo by Warren Duncan/ Community Relations Commission of NSW Microsoft Australia was a proud sponsor of this year’s 2008 National Multicultural Marketing Awards organised by the Community Relations Commission of NSW. The Awards encourage and reward the efforts of businesses and organisations that focus on the cultural diversity of Australia in their overall marketing strategies….

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E-health: Saving lives, protecting privacy

Picture this. According to the “Quality in Australia Health Care” study, 25 patients die each day in our hospitals from “preventable adverse events”. That may explain public concerns about hospital patient care across our hospital system that has led to several inquiries in recent times. However, there are solutions to “preventable adverse events”: put simply,…

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Online Diabetes Map: Australian first!

In an Australian first, this week Diabetes Australia launched an online Diabetes Map to identify those affected with Diabetes. Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease with 275 Australians developing diabetes every day, with around 900,000 Australians diagnosed with diabetes. The map, which uses Microsoft Virtual Earth technology, provides accurate up-to-date statistics on who is…

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Innovation and the Digital Economy

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), hosted Microsoft Corporation CEO, Steve Ballmer, who addressed more than 500 CEDA members and guests on November 7 on the topic: Innovation and the Digital economy. Steve Ballmer discussed the innovation agenda of Microsoft, the challenges and opportunities of continual innovation, and how successful companies in a…

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Microsoft and Telstra Strategic Alliance

Microsoft Corp. and Telstra yesterday (5th November) announced their intention to enter into an Australian industry first – a broad strategic alliance to bring together business software applications, mobile services and devices, and integrated computer and telephone services over Telstra’s Next IP™ and Next G™ networks. The alliance is designed to enable the two companies…

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Improving child safety in Queensland

The Microsoft Solutions and Development Centre (SDC) has successfully launched the Integrated Client Management System (ICMS) Release 4.0 to the Queensland Department of Child Safety and Queensland Department of Communities. Both the Sydney and Brisbane SDC teams worked hard to deliver this new and enhanced version of ICMS, which will help these agencies to improve…

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