Microsoft Updates its Nonprofit Software Donations Program
Article by George Norman
On 29 Jul 2011
Redmond-based software giant Microsoft announced this week that it made a few updates to its nonprofit software donations program, program available in more than 100 countries around the world that has been set up to aid nonprofit organizations gain access to affordable technology and Microsoft software. Via this program, nonprofit organization have gained access to more than $3.9 billion worth of software since 1998 (Windows has accounted for nearly $450 million worth of donations).

Microsoft implemented the following updates to program so that an even greater number of nonprofit organizations can request software donations:

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Organizations can request more Microsoft software products
Until now nonprofit organizations could request no more than 6 Microsoft software products. They can now request 10 Microsoft software products. Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010 are among the software products they can request.

More organizations can request Microsoft software products

The list of nonprofit organizations eligible for software donations has been expanded to include three new categories, including medical research organizations, private foundations, and amateur sports and recreational organizations.

New Get Genuine offering
With the newly included Get Genuine offering, nonprofit organizations have a means of ensuring that their existing computers are running genuine versions of Microsoft operating systems.

No more 'one request per year' limitation
In the past nonprofit organizations could request but one software donation per year. Now they can request software from Microsoft through the TechSoup Global Network. And if they ask for donations through the TechSoup Global Network, nonprofit organizations can easily get key donations details in one place – the new website Microsoft Donations Center.

“Making technology more accessible enables nonprofits to increase their productivity, reach more people and deliver new, improved services that directly help local communities,” said Akhtar Badshah, senior director of global community affairs at Microsoft. “Although we already help a sizable number of nonprofits, we want to help more, and the changes we’re announcing today are designed to make the program more relevant and accessible to a larger number of nonprofits, which will in turn have a positive impact in local communities around the world.”



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