Protecting student privacy

“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with [his or her] privacy.” – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, 1948 New Zealand’s schools work hard to earn the trust of their communities. As part of the important work they do, schools need to collect and hold a large body of confidential and…

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Te reo Māori choice for Windows 8, Office 2013, and the Internet

For ten years Microsoft has been collaborating with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) and language experts to bring free te reo Māori interfaces to the technology that millions of Kiwis use every day. In preparation for Māori Language Week 2013, Microsoft has announced today that the choice to use…

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Microsoft releases NZ privacy guide for Office 365

New Zealand organisations are quickly deploying cloud computing. Low prices and convenience are appealing, but there are also important questions to ask around privacy, security, and data integrity. Waldo Kuipers, Corporate Affairs Manager at Microsoft NZ, says “Organisations know that trust matters. They need to keep business information secure, and do the right thing on…

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Cloud computing standards

With responsible adoption of cloud computing services at front of mind for many organisations and policy makers, it is timely to consider the global context and New Zealand’s work to advance trustworthy computing. This article was originally published by Standards NZ in Touchstone Issue 48 – April 2013 as An update on standards for cloud computing and…

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A new world of work

Microsoft’s new Wellington office has opened for business today. Following a karakia led by local kaumātua Sam and June Jackson, the Wellington office opened its doors to the public at 11am this morning. Local Member of Parliament Grant Robertson and US Ambassador David Huebner attended a celebration with Microsoft partners, community stakeholders, and customers. The…

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Humanising Data contest winners announced

With the recent launch of Windows 8, we have been delighted to see how quickly Kiwi software innovators are taking advantage of the Windows Store platform. New Zealand consumers want access to fantastic apps that are built just for them. As a small gesture of encouragement to people working on turning local data sources such as…

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Technology and the Māori Language Awards 2012

The Māori Language Awards 2012 were held on Friday last week in Tauranga. It was an inspiring event that celebrated the contributions of 30 individuals and organisations who have contributed to te reo Māori through their work. I attended the event with my colleague Anne Taylor, who has supported Microsoft’s investment in te reo Māori…

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Making Data Human at TechEd NZ 2012

Last week we were delighted to join more than 2,000 technology professionals at TechEd New Zealand 2012. A strong theme of this year’s keynote was the use of technology to make data human: Useful, exciting, beautiful, and even fun! It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when looking at a page…

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Innovate with Cloud Computing

Businesses use technology to improve productivity. They need it to speed up innovation, and help with the basic needs to save money and get more done. Internet-based subscriptions make cloud computing a cheaper way for businesses to get computer technology working for them. Capital expenditure and maintenance can largely be taken care of by cloud…

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Helping communities with skill-based volunteering

A growing number of businesses in New Zealand are making a conscious effort to encourage and facilitate their employees’ volunteer activities in their own communities. At Microsoft New Zealand, some employees have chosen to use their three days of paid volunteer leave available to them each year to share their significant professional and technical skills…

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