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 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,…


INNOVATION OVERDRIVE: South Australia showcases it’s influx of emerging start-up talent

It takes a special kind of talent, lots of dedication, a dose of hard work – but most importantly – a brilliant idea to turn a ‘brainwave’ into a successful start-up business. And with the launch of Microsoft’s Innovation Centre South Australia (MICSA) this week, innovation and talent has proved to be alive and well…


Microsoft welcomes Government’s Innovation Agenda and Small Business support

Pip Marlow, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia This week Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy designed to drive economic diversity, encourage entrepreneurship and develop and support new enterprises.  This policy, that shapes existing innovation programs and new plans into a cohesive strategy with clear objectives, is music to my…


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 Awards a $75,000 Imagine Cup Grant to jumpstart Australia’s Team StethoCloud

Yesterday, Microsoft Corp. announced the winners of the second annual Imagine Cup Grants, a three-year, US $3 million competitive grant program that provides students with funding and support to help transform their project into a social enterprise or nonprofit that will address a specific social issue. The Imagine Cup Grants are part of Microsoft’s YouthSpark…


Microsoft Embraces Telework

 This week is National Telework Week (NTW) – a designated week to draw awareness to the benefits to both organisations and employees, in embracing flexible working and, more specifically, working from home. Microsoft is proud to be a partner in the inaugural NTW because flexible working is part of our DNA. At Microsoft, we uphold the belief…


Privacy and Technology in Balance?

This week, I had the opportunity to speak in Uruguay at the 34th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. This conference brings together leading authorities on privacy from more than 50 countries, including many of the key government officials and regulators responsible for privacy policies around the world. It provides a great opportunity…


2012 Government Webinar Schedule – Windows 8, Windows Server, Office 2013 & Lync

The Microsoft Government Webinar Series is now live! We will be hosting a monthly webinar where you can get the latest information on the hottest topics in the Government and Public Sector space. You can register or request copies of the recordings by email to Cooper Wearne at t-cwear@microsoft.com. September: Windows 8: See What’s NextWednesday, 19th…


Imagine Cup 2013 Set to Inspire More Young Innovators

Microsoft announced that it has redesigned the upcoming Imagine Cup 2013 around three new core competitions — World Citizenship, Games and Innovation — and significantly increased the prize money to encourage more young developers and aspiring entrepreneurs to participate in the annual event. In its 11th year, the Worldwide Finals of Imagine Cup 2013 will…