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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21st Century Learning

Parliament’s Education and Science Select Committee has launched an enquiry about education needs for the country’s future. The enquiry seeks to identify possible savings in technology and buildings, to develop recommendations regarding optimal learning environments, and to identify the skills required for teachers and students to achieve their full potential in the modern world. Nikki…

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Keeping Safe Online

New Zealand’s first Cyber-Security Awareness Week is on now. It’s been organised by NetSafe and the Government, with support from businesses including Microsoft and MSN New Zealand Ltd. It’s a time for everyone to work together to help all Kiwis be safer online. Unfortunately, criminals are using the Internet to scam and cheat thousands of…

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Ten years of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative

In 2002, Bill Gates wrote an email to all Microsoft employees that made trustworthy computing – including security, privacy and reliability – the top priority for the company. Ten years on, Microsoft continues its dedication to these objectives, which we refer to as the Trustworthy Computing initiative. The objective is to improve our products and…

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The technology behind managing digital identities

This week Microsoft was pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the Digital Identity Conference 2012 on Managing Digital Identity in a Networked World, organised by the Victoria University of Wellington. There are many facets to the dialogue on digital identity. It is woven of philosophy, context, technology, security, privacy, and individual rights and freedoms….

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Congratulations to Team Mobile Eye

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a competition that encourages students to solve the world’s toughest problems. Visual impairment is one of those, and Team Mobile Eye from AUT took on the challenge. Their winning solution is a mobile app to assist people with visual impairment to “see” the world around them, through a combination of computer…

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