Record donation figures and broadening of Software Donation Program

Microsoft Australia reached new heights with the Software Donation Program last financial year donating more than $40 million dollars’ worth of software to an increasing number of community organisations.  This amazing outcome is a 20 percent increase on last year’s already impressive figure. This comes at a time when Microsoft also announced updates to its…

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Accelerating Asia Pacific forum

There are three fairly standard reactions I receive when I am telling people about the work Microsoft is undertaking with Governments and community partners to improve lives and drive national competitiveness and first up is usually surprise! I find people are generally unaware of the breadth and depth of work we are doing at a…

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Charity staff spend day at Microsoft and celebrate $100 million milestone

Microsoft last week hosted its first “Connecting Communities” event to showcase the important role of technology for not for profits, charities and community organisations. The event brought together a range of speakers who presented on topics important to not for profit organisations such as CRM, Cloud Computing, and Social Media strategy.  It was also chance…

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ThinkUKnow launches in Darwin

Today we launched “ThinkUKnow Australia” cyber-safety program in Northern Territory, at Sanderson Middle School in Malak. ThinkUKnow (TUK) is a joint initiative between the AFP and Microsoft Australia which aims to raise awareness about online safety and security issues, particularly those which affect young people. TUK was originally established in the UK by the Child…

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Where next for the cloud?

The computing experience is undergoing a powerful transformation. Increasingly, consumers, businesses and government are harnessing the computing power offered through the accumulation of powerful servers located in data centres located around the globe. This is the cloud. In Where next? Microsoft Australia presents some of the legal and policy challenges that must be considered as…

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NAIDOC Week: Our support for Indigenous Entrepreneurs

It’s NAIDOC Week, offering us all a chance to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and recognise the significant contributions of Indigenous Australians. Earlier this year, the RISE initiative was launched by Yarnteen, a program supported by Microsoft and Social Ventures Australia. This project aims to increase the skill capacity of Aboriginal entrepreneurs through…

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Microsoft Australia breaks software donation target

At the close of each financial year companies across Australia take account of their performance.  In the simplest terms, this tends to be a focus on the facts, figures and financial performance targets. Here at Microsoft we asses more than just our business performance.  We also take stock of our support for, and investment in,…

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