All Blacks: Running On Microsoft Devices & Services

Microsoft are on a journey for platform ubiquity, and this translates into a massive opportunity for public brands to reach fans and customers globally. Microsoft gold partners Provoke have worked with the New Zealand Rugby Union to bring the All Blacks to the Microsoft Platform. First by taking advantage of Windows Azure to run the…

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Auckland Startup Weekend Winners: Garden Genie

Garden Genie, a new smartphone app designed to help people grow their own produce, has won the latest Auckland Startup Weekend (November 22 – 24) and is the only New Zealand team to compete in the Global Startup Battle of business ideas.  The team behind Garden Genie beat out stiff competition from 11 other innovative…

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2013 Microsoft Unity Competition Results

Microsoft in conjunction with the New Zealand Game Developer Association (NZGDA), earlier this year ran a competition calling for submissions from budding developers to submit their Unity Apps to the Windows 8 or WIndows Phone 8 Store.  As part of this, the NZGDA and Microsoft launched the following competition for developers.  The best Gaming App (that was…

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Win an XBOX ONE with Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft are giving away a number of prizes to New Zealand based developers before XMAS, including the new XBOX ONE console. We have up for grabs: What you have to do to be in the draw to win these fabulous prizes is to log into MVA and consume 2 meaningful pieces of content. This includes…


Are you a Hardcore Dev or IT Pro who wants training? Win a Pluralsight subscription!

 Microsoft are giving away a Pluralsight ‘hardcore developer training’ Annual Plus subscription (valued USD $499) to one lucky New Zealand Dev or IT Pro this December. Pluralsight is home to more than 1000 IT and Dev courses, on demand, whenever you’re free to learn, anytime, anywhere. We’re not just going to hand this subscription over…


Looking to Build a Game for the Windows Platform?

Want to get into building your own games, but don’t know where to start? Building gaming apps is proving to be where the opportunities lie, especially when you think of big players like Angry Birds or Doodle Jump. We are already seeing some local NZ developers go big with their gaming apps, In To The…

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Windows App Game Competition – Build for both and win!

The best gaming app submitted to the competition will win a 128GB Microsoft Surface Pro + Nokia Lumia 820 Dev Phone + Arc Touch Mouse + 16GB USB Stick + Limited Edition Windows Hoodie The two runner up apps will each win a 64GB Microsoft Surface RT + Nokia Lumia 620 Dev Phone + Arc Touch…

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NZ MSDN Flash: Microsoft collaborate with IT HOTHOUSE to create tech savvy student entrepreneurs‏

17 July 2013   //   Subscribe to the MSDN Flash Renea Mackie Project Developer IT HOTHOUSE & UPT Digital Microsoft Research working with IT HOTHOUSE to create tech savvy student entrepreneurs with support from BizSpark. Nearly four years ago, I was fortunate enough to connect with Mark Finch, who was at that time, a SDE working…

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NZ MSDN Flash: My Success on the Windows Phone Platform

10 July 2013   //   Subscribe to the MSDN Flash Ray Jiang Game Developer Windows Phone Platform How I made $40,000 in the past year developing for the Windows Phone Platform I am an indie developer for Windows Phone Platform. I’ve only started some two years ago, but for me, developing for the Windows Phone platform…

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Cloud Strategy Days – How the Microsoft Cloud enables the best app experiences across devices

Rob Craft, Senior Director of Cloud Strategy at Microsoft Corporation, is heading to New Zealand to present two Cloud Strategy Days – Auckland and Wellington.Seats are strictly limited, so register today using the tiles below. Rob Craft Senior Director, Cloud Strategy, Microsoft Corp. The two major technology trends – Software as a Service (SaaS) and Apps…

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