US$500K to Australian Nonprofits to help #UpgradeYourWorld

Today, I’m thrilled to announce Microsoft Australia’s Windows 10 #UpgradeYourWorldAU community investment of US$500,000 cash, to be shared equally across ten nonprofits that are making a real difference to our local communities. We have selected the first five local nonprofits who will each receive a donation of US$50,000. We now want Australians to have their…


Safer Internet Day 2015: Keep a positive online reputation

Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft, provides handy tips to raise awareness on Safer Internet Day, 10 February 2015 At Microsoft, we encourage individuals of all ages to take charge of their digital reputations by regularly following some important guidance. The start of 2015 seems a fitting time for a refresher. Specifically: •Discover what’s…


Microsoft supports non-profit IT adoption

Microsoft believes Non-Profit organisations can use technology to achieve even greater outcomes for the communities they serve. To be agile, an organisation requires the right technology, the right processes and willing people, to get the most of every moment.  This is why, each year, Microsoft and its community partners, Connecting Up and Infoxchange, come together…


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 ranked #1 for Corporate Social Responsibility in Reputation Institute’s 2012 CSR RepTrak™ 100 Report

Today, the Reputation Institute, one of the world’s leading reputation management consultant firms, announced Microsoft ranked #1 when it released its 2012 CSR RepTrak™ 100 report naming the companies with the best reputations for corporate social responsibility around the world. The study surveyed people around the world to measure their perceptions of companies’ behaviour in…


Mentorship Efforts Spark Opportunities for Students in Australia

Microsoft Australia has been collaborating with the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) over the past three years to provide mentorship to students who live in areas of lower socioeconomic conditions. The partnership enables Microsoft employees to participate in a series of mentoring programs offered by ABCN, with the main purpose of improving educational opportunities…


YouthSpark launches

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has launched Microsoft YouthSpark – an initiative to create opportunities for 300 million young people around the world over the next three years. With many countries, including many major economies, struggling to generate economic growth under the burden of substantial private and public sector debt, there is a growing pool of underutilised…


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…


Facts – Climate Change – Sofware Donations

Earlier this week a series of media articles were published around the world (then linked to and repeated in blogs) that made claims about Microsoft and other major corporations funding the Heartland Institute – a US not-for-profit think tank that claims its mission as: “…to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic…


It’s the Potential Stupid: Asia Pacific Sees Future in ICT

Amazing! In a world beset with the insecurity that comes when bankers fear lending to bankers (let alone businesses or individuals) it is possible to be lulled into a sense of personal, if not collective dread, for the future of the world. This sense is made more intense by a natural focus on our understanding…