Archive for July, 2011

Microsoft updates its software donation program

July 28, 2011

Microsoft announced on Wednesday several updates to its software donation program.

The updates are designed to make it easier for nonprofit and community organizations to get access to software. The program has provided more than $3.9 billion worth of software since it was formed in 1998 and is available in more than 100 countries around the world.

  • The number of different Microsoft software products that can be requested has been expanded from six to 10 to allow nonprofits to get the software they need, such as Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010.
  • Three new categories of nonprofit organizations are now eligible for software donations, including medical research organizations, private foundations, and amateur sports and recreational organizations.
  • The donations program includes a new Get Genuine offering so nonprofits can ensure their existing computers are running genuine versions of Microsoft operating systems to help keep their software up-to-date and security-enhanced.
  • Nonprofits can now request a software donation from Microsoft through the TechSoup Global Network whenever they need it instead of the previous limit of only one request per year.
  • Nonprofit organizations ordering their donations through the TechSoup Global Network can now easily get key donations details in one place with the Microsoft Donations Center, a new website where organizations can review their donation history and identify products their organizations can request.

“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.”

Microsoft is well known for its donations to charities. Microsoft’s Los Angeles Store recently donated $250,000 to The Call of Duty Endowment which assists veterans find job placement in their post military careers. The software giant has also lent aid to the Japanese government following a powerful 8.9-magnitude earthquake and Tsunami in Northern Japan in March.