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Thinking about gaining more leadership experience? Here’s three programs to help you get involved in your local technical communities and to challenge Microsoft to continue to push for greater innovation.

Microsoft Technical Communities (MSTC)

As a Community Leader the MSTC program provides all the essentials for a successful community event. Grow the passion and skills of your local community and receive help with content, speakers, sponsorship and promotion.

Most Valuable Professional (MVP)

Each year only about 3,800 of more than 100 million eligible applicants are recognized as Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). MVPs possess exceptional technical expertise and make a significant and positive impact in technical communities. They are independent of Microsoft but receive access to private information and provide feedback to Microsoft product teams. Nominations are currently open.

Regional Directors (RD)

Regional Directors have represented the best of the Microsoft technical community since 1993. They are independent Developers and IT Implementers, working on all platforms and technologies. They listen to what you want from Microsoft and sharing their honest perspective.

There are just three who have the esteemed title in NZ - Jeremy Boyd (Mindscape), Chris Auld (Intergen) and Keith Patton (Marker Metro). Congratulations again to these three for achievements and efforts within the Microsoft community!

 
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Regan Murphy
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Microsoft New Zealand
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News
Windows 10
With the announcement that Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade on July 29 you should also check out the upcoming innovations in EMS regarding Windows 10 and the new blog series on the Azure Active Directory support that will be baked directly into the shiny, new OS.
 
S2D using Windows Server 2016 virtual machines
Windows Server Technical Preview 2 introduces Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), which enables building highly available(HA) storage systems with local storage.
 
A quick comment on PowerShell comments
Not entirely sure what to include in a PowerShell comment block? Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, takes you over the top 5 things to include plus a few 'nice to have' points.
 
Managed, unmanaged and MAM-protected apps
Microsoft Intune supports an additional level of management for managed apps. Depending on the specific data loss prevention (DLP) requirements of your organization, you can chose the right mix of unmanaged, managed and MAM-protected applications for your users.
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Upcoming Events
Inaugural Internet of Things Event
11 June (Auckland)
Microsoft Global Deployment’s Lesly Goh will be delivering an exciting breakfast address on the power of IoT and Machine Learning to revolutionise your business. All leaders who want to leverage their data to drive innovation and improvement will want to attend. The invite is open, but limited to the first 50 people who register.

IT Camp: Extend your Datacenter with Microsoft Azure
11 June (Wellington)
During this one-day interactive hands-on training event, you will learn about Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks, and Storage – the core building blocks of Microsoft Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). You will also be introduced to the main Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings of Azure.

Meetup: The Best of Microsoft Ignite (Chicago)
11 June (Wellington) 22 June (Christchurch),
@nzregs will be talking Windows 10 for Business and showing you the new technical preview for Windows Server v.Next and some of its new features including Nano server and additions to Hyper-V

Progressing with SharePoint course (discounted price!)
24 June (Auckland)
For those who want to start using additional SharePoint features beyond the basics, the Progressing Sharepoint course, on 24 June, is a great solution. It's also currently discounted by close to half price!

Auckland SQL User Group
25 June (Auckland)
Join MVP Dave Dustin for this upcoming event to help you get more out of SQL Server. Registration links and details to come.

Ignite NZ: Tickets are taking flight!
1-4 September (Auckland)
Don’t miss your opportunity to attend New Zealand’s largest tech conference this year when it turns 20! Ignite NZ, the conference formally known as TechEd NZ, has topics to help solve problems and improve productivity for Developers and IT Implementers. Tackle challenges en masse with a corporate group package. Make sure you and your team doesn’t miss out, get a hold of ticket or two now from the Ignite NZ site.

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Recommended Apps
This week's apps include the biggest selling Kiwi made game - Bloons TD5! We've also got a guide to building a better life, in the form of Writr. Speaking of a better life, there's nothing like easier content browsing and HD videos, courtesy of MetroTube, to keep you grinning.

Writr
 
MetroTube
  Bloons TD5
Have a Windows project on the side? Show it off! Share it with the rest of the community in the Kiwi Windows Apps Facebook Group or send us an email at technetnz@microsoft.com.
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Skill Up With Microsoft Virtual Academy
Microsoft Virtual Academy  
Prepare your EMS skills
Do you know everything needed to master and deploy enterprise mobility management before Windows 10 arrives? Dive deep into the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) with these courses.

Hybrid Cloud Automation
Take full advantage of your hybrid (on-premises and cloud) environment with automated standards for provisioning and managing application workloads.

Windows 10 for IT Pros
Get a technical overview, and find out how these improvements can help you meet your enterprise IT and security challenges such as device management, multifactor authentication, and deployment.

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