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If you haven't already heard, Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is now available at TechSoup!
Office for Mac was built for Mac users, with Mac user input. The latest version is even more compatible with the Windows version of Microsoft Office. That means it's easier to share and collaborate, regardless of whether staff, volunteers, or board members are on Mac or Windows.
With all of the excitement about Office for Mac, we thought it would be a good time to share our tried and tested tips for equipping your nonprofit or library Macs.
A lot of people think that TechSoup just carries software for Windows, but we have a growing catalog of donated and discounted software for Mac OS too.
It's easy to find out if your nonprofit or public library is eligible for any of these donations and discounts: just visit our Check Your Eligibility page. You can check your eligibility even if you haven't registered your organization with TechSoup yet; just answer a few simple questions.
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Sometimes new Mac users are surprised when they realize that Mac computers don't come with the world's two most popular computer games pre-installed. If you're getting a new Mac, you might want to bring a deck of cards to entertain yourself during coffee breaks. Or a land mine.
If you channel Steve Jobs in this way, all of the Mac users in your office will soon spend every meeting patiently waiting for the One More Thing.
This is very important: if there isn't a One More Thing, your staff will immediately go on Twitter and say that the staff meeting was a big waste of time.
One of the easiest ways to get around platform compatibility issues is to use more cloud-based software. Many cloud-based tools have very minimal system requirements — just an Internet connection and a relatively modern web browser. TechSoup carries donated and discounted versions of numerous cloud-based services for fundraising, file sharing, project management, and more.
We know it's tempting, but the moral and philosophical implications are just too devastating. When you press the key, you'll be able to use familiar keyboard shortcuts, but somewhere in the world, a puppy will shed a single, gentle tear.
*We're just kidding. You can totally press that key.
This post was written by Elliot Harmon, a writer and open web activist. He lives in San Francisco.
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