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Windows 8 is here! Eligible nonprofits, foundations, and
libraries can now request donated upgrades of Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise
editions through the Microsoft
Software Donation Program at TechSoup.
With a new, mobile-friendly design that features sleek
tiles in the place of conventional icons, Windows 8 features a new take on the
traditional Windows environment. It keeps some aspects of what we’re all used
to from Windows XP and Windows 7. But it drops the "Start" button in favor of a
new app-integrated look and easier syncing with cloud-based services.
also numerous improvements "under the hood," such as a smaller memory
footprint, faster performance than Windows 7, and reduced disk-space
If you have received a donation of a Windows operating system
through TechSoup that included Software
Assurance (and it is still current), you can
upgrade to Windows 8 for no additional cost.
Windows 8 is good for multilingual organizations, as users can easily
switch between display languages, and additional display
languages are available.
Windows 8 is unlike any operating system Microsoft has ever released.
Many of the basic tenets of Windows — like the Start menu, desktop experience,
and the eponymous windows — seem to be gone. Don't fret!
Below Windows 8's new
interface, you'll find a desktop experience like Windows 7. And the new Windows 8
interface feels like the mobile tablet and phone interfaces most of us are now
Plus, Windows 8 offers some new features that may help your
staff's productivity as well as the performance and longevity of your
organization's computers. To help you decide whether Windows 8 is a good fit
for your organization, we've come up with four questions for you to consider. Plus: check out our free webinar on Windows 8, featuring Todd Rutherford -- Microsoft's Senior Product Marketing Manager for Windows.
To help you manage your Microsoft donations, we've created the Microsoft
Donation Center. Organizations can easily track
what donations they have received so far, what remains of their software
allotment, when their cycle resets, and the value of their Microsoft software
donations to date.
Not sure if your organization is eligible for donations
from Microsoft? Log in to your TechSoup account, and take
our Check Eligibility Quiz.
In addition to upgrades, Microsoft has also made donations of full
versions of its Windows 8 operating systems available through the Microsoft Get
Your organization might have PCs with illegal, free, or basic
operating systems — either from accepting donated machines or buying the
computers at bargain-basement prices.
Microsoft's Get Genuine program offers
your organization a one-time chance to get your existing
computers running fully legitimate and upgradable Windows operating systems.
This enables your organization to easily upgrade through TechSoup when the next
operating system version is released. Read
more about the Microsoft Get Genuine program.
Interested in discovering more about Windows 8? Join us for a free webinar this Thursday, November 1 at 11 a.m. Pacific time. Through a live demonstration with Microsoft, you'll find out what's new, what's different, and what's the same.
Patrick Duggan | TechSoup Digital Marketing Manager
I am not a member of non-profit, nor any linked to any library.as an individual , Can i apply this Windows 8 donation program. as per Microsoft donation program , I am not eligible.
Hi Syed_Anwer, I'm sorry, but our donation programs, such as the Microsoft Donation Program, are only open to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and public libraries. We do have a lot of other free resources open to everyone, though, such as our webinars, articles, and community.
Mr. Patrick, thanks for answer. Yes, i get benefits sometimes from your webinars and other highly valuable resources & articles.