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Will AI Be My Valentine?

She Loves Me. She Loves Me Bot! Barrie Sheers, GM Microsoft New Zealand To paraphrase Douglas Adams: any technology that’s in the world when you are born is natural, anything invented in your twenties is thrilling, but everything invented when you’re over thirty-five is against the natural order of things! … Read more »

Anand Eswaran: Measuring the digital maturity of nations

If you had to name the most digitally advanced nations in the world, which would you guess? You might be surprised to discover that the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Korea, Israel and Estonia are all members of a network of digitally advanced nations called the D5 (Digital Five), who … Read more »

Bees In The Beehive!

Children Re-Build Democracy Block By Block – and Add a Petting Zoo! This year’s New Zealand general election was one of the most hotly contested in recent history. The surprise announcement that Jacinda Ardern was taking over as Labour leader instantly transformed a predictable National win into a thrilling two-horse … Read more »

Acclaim for Innovation in Tertiary Education ICT Sector

Auckland University of Technology has taken the top prize, the Overall Excellence Award, at the Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards. Presented at the Tertiary Education ICT Conference, the prize celebrates excellence in technology. The Auckland University of Technology also received the Microsoft Excellence in Technology for Students Award trophy and … Read more »

AI and Cybercrime: The good and bad news

Artificial intelligence could soon reset the murky world of cybercrime – and the news is both good and bad. “We have AI, but so do the bad guys,” says Ann Johnson, Microsoft’s Vice President, Enterprise & Cybersecurity. She thinks it is inevitable that the criminal use of AI will result … Read more »

Moving the dial – one girl at a time.

Microsoft NZ hosted nine year-12 girls from Auckland Girls Grammar School at our head office in Auckland as part of Workchoice Day

We’ve heard it before – we need more women in technology. Even though one in three IT grads are women, government figures show that only 21% of IT employees are women. It’s one thing talking about the issue but what are we, the industry, doing to change this? A couple … Read more »

Microsoft for Startups: A match made in Azure

A group of would-be “suitors” files into the meeting room. They pair off and sit down at designated tables face-to-face. The clock starts and there are smiles and handshakes. Business cards are swapped, laptops opened, power point decks presented, spreadsheets explained and pitches made. The clock stops 20 minutes later. … Read more »

Microsoft NZ announces 2017 Partner Awards finalists

Digital Transformation tops priorities for Kiwi IT sector as Microsoft awards programme celebrates 10th Anniversary As Microsoft New Zealand announced the finalists for the 2017 Microsoft Partner Awards today, the company has lauded the work of the Kiwi IT companies that are leading the efforts to bring digital transformation to … Read more »