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donation program has gone green! Media for Microsoft donation requests is
now download-only. When you download your Microsoft software you'll get
your software more quickly and be a little greener in the process. Please
visit our Software
Download Resource Page or Microsoft's
Download FAQ for more information about downloading your Microsoft
TechSoup ran a
GreenTech campaign a couple of years ago to encourage members to download
donated "on premises" software rather than get installation disks. The campaign
was a success. More and more people have been downloading their software since
then. It's definitely easier on the planet, but I suspect most people like to
get their donations immediately more than anything else.
A large percentage
of donated software products on TechSoup are now "electronic delivery only –
96 of them to be exact. They include software from Adobe, Intuit, Symantec, and
several other donor partners. After Tuesday, January 29, 2013, Microsoft
will also be electronic delivery only.
and libraries that have trouble downloading or who need to install software in
other languages besides English, you will still have the ability to request
installation media through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). There
will be a $25 charge per disc to have it shipped to you.
Go to the Microsoft VLSC and
login with the credentials that come in your Microsoft Volume License Agreement
and Activation email from TechSoup.
logged in to the VLSC, to order installation media:
To download your Microsoft donations for the first
time, I'd recommend first having a look at our Downloading
Your Software Donations article, and then looking at our very useful Volume
Licensing Service Center – Getting Started article.
If you have trouble
logging in to the VLSC or using it, go to the VLSC
Support Center or call them at 866-230-0560 (5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time, Monday
Image: Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center