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The Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest Is Live!
Take a look around you. We all know smart people. Now imagine if you could harness the talent, skill, vision, and drive of all the smart people you know to create massive change for good. That's what we're talking about. We're talking about coming together to create and ideate for...
5 Nov 2012
What's New With Microsoft? A Quick Guide
Did you know that Microsoft has changed its rules around making donation requests, and that TechSoup is continuing to add tools and resources to help organizations understand the program and manage their Microsoft donations? First Things First: Program Rules, Eligibility, and Guidelines On...
25 Jan 2012
Tweet Chat Recap: #Office4Good
Here at TechSoup, few things make us happier than helping you get answers to your tech questions, connecting you with experts in the field, and providing resources for your organization to get the most out of its technology. So when the latest version of Microsoft Office became available for eligible...
30 Jan 2013
Youth Programs Featured in TechSoup Global’s Local Impact Map
TechSoup Global's new Local Impact Map is a trove of information on what nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries around the world are doing with their TechSoup-procured IT to further their missions. By far, the biggest set of stories are the ones from organizations that serve youth and children. Here...
30 Apr 2012
Beyond XP: Upgrading Windows Operating Systems Webinar Recap
Thanks to everyone who joined our webinar about upgrading from XP to a new Windows operating system last Thursday, including our presenters: Bruno Nowak of Microsoft and Gregory Seeley of Client Services at TechSoup. If you missed the webinar or just want more information, you can view the archived webinar...
18 Mar 2014
What Is TechSoup Up To in Asia (Now)?
Aletha Schelby is Program Manager for TechSoup Asia. Having been at TechSoup Global for eight years now, I can remember what it was like before we added the “Global” to our name (literally and figuratively). How exciting it was when we first started down the road of expanding our programs...
10 Jan 2012
OneNote vs. Springpad vs. Evernote: Which Notetaking App Is Right for You?
I write down everything. It's the only way I'll remember anything. In the old days, I kept multiple notebooks that sat in a pile on my desk for an eternity. My life changed, however with the invention of web- and mobile-based notetaking apps…and my desk got a bit cleaner. For the...
4 Feb 2014
Youth Programs Benefit from Microsoft Donations
I did a post a few weeks ago on youth programs in TechSoup Global's new Local Impact Map and decided I hadn’t covered this resource nearly enough. Our Local Impact Map demonstrates what nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries around the world are doing with their TechSoup Global software donations...
4 Jun 2012
Some Little Known Faith-Based Technology Resources
We’ve been talking to folks from some of the 350,000 congregations around the country and have been hearing that they’d like more coverage of IT resources for religious oriented charities on TechSoup. They’ve also told us about some great, but little-known online resources that...
10 Feb 2014
Windows 8 on Older PCs?
I've been following the IT press as it's been covering the much-publicized Windows 8 launch over the last few months. Having a passion for keeping IT equipment alive and well as long as possible, I've been following the sub-debate on whether or not Windows 8 is suitable for older PCs...
30 Oct 2012
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada Gains Flexible Access, Consistent Communications with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Fast and efficient communication is often the backbone for any large nonprofit. This is especially true for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC), a quickly expanding and diverse organization that spans more than 120 agencies. It is committed to matching mentors with Canada’s youth...
11 Jul 2012
Death By PowerPoint? Three Ways to Revive Your Presentations!
Pierre Khawand is a guest blogger with more than 20 years of experience in the software industry. He is the author of the popular Less-Is-More Blog on the People-OntheGo.com website. Here's something we all dread: Slide after slide loaded with text that is being "read" by the presenter...
10 Jul 2012
Microsoft Donation Program: Webinars, Resources, and Tutorials
Interested in TechSoup's Microsoft Donation Program ? Whether you are new or experienced with Microsoft donations, you may still have questions about recent updates. To help answer questions you may have about the recent updates, we hosted two webinars in August focusing on the program. In the...
16 Aug 2011
Windows 8: Designed for Accessibility
A spruced up look and an overall performance boost aren't the only improvements in Windows 8 . Microsoft's latest operating system also delivers when it comes to its accessibility and assistive technology features, namely the Narrator and Magnifier. Additionally, Microsoft's next generation...
13 Nov 2012
Office 365 Brings Remote Staff Together
This week on the Microsoft Citizenship blog , there's an interesting profile of Concern Worldwide , an NGO that fights poverty in 25 of the poorest countries in the world. The profile shows how Concern uses Office 365 to connect its office staff and field workers. All of the employees at Concern...
24 Feb 2012
Get the Most Out of Your Data with CRM
In the decade that I have spent as part of the NPower organization, helping nonprofits make the best use of technology to further their missions and thrive, I have seen countless hours of effort and piles of financial resources directed towards solving the problem of “tracking” data...
20 Mar 2012
Upcoming Webinar September 24: Microsoft's Office 365 for Nonprofits
Want to learn more about how Office 365 works and pricing available exclusively to you? Interested in learning how Office 365 might benefit your nonprofit organization? Join TechSoup, Microsoft, and Tech Impact for a free, one-hour webinar on Tuesday, September 24 at 11 a.m. Pacific time...
10 Sep 2013
Getting the Right Windows MultiPoint Server Hardware
Setting up Windows MultiPoint Server isn't difficult. But it usually requires some additional hardware to connect your user stations (keyboard, mouse, monitor) to the host computer. These additional hardware components are called access devices. Charles Brennick, Founder and Director of Interconnection...
18 Feb 2013
Power Up Microsoft Office with Apps
If you already have the new Microsoft Office up-and-running on your organization's computers, you're probably aware of all the great new features that save you time and help you create more professional-looking work. But did you know that you can make Microsoft Office even more powerful with...
5 Mar 2013
Office 365 for Nonprofits: Frequently Asked Questions
This post was authored by Cameron Jones, Senior Director of Technology Solutions and Services at TechSoup. As many of you have already heard, Microsoft has launched a special nonprofit offer of specially donated and discounted subscriptions to Office 365. We’ve had many calls about the new...
13 Sep 2013
One Nonprofit’s Road to Microsoft Windows Happiness
Give me a minute. This is a tale worth listening to and it combines these two things: Providing support for those looking to rebuild their lives after jail and Microsoft upgrades. …Yep, really. So let’s start here: Down in the deserty landscape of Tuscon, AZ there’s...
8 Jan 2014
YouthBuild Boston: A TechSoup Youth Organization Profile
Among the many thousands of after school programs in the U.S. in schools, libraries, local governments, and nonprofits, it was tough to choose just one to profile this week, but I chose YouthBuild Boston because of my fondness for green tech. They even use TechSoup Microsoft software donations...
15 May 2012
Microsoft Offers Get Genuine Windows: Full Operating Systems Versions Now Available
As part of the recent updates to the Microsoft Software Donation Program, Microsoft made donations of full versions of its Windows operating systems available through the Microsoft Get Genuine program. Your organization might have PCs with illegal, free, or basic operating systems — either from...
1 Aug 2011
Microsoft YouthSpark: A New Chapter in Citizenship at Microsoft
This post was authored by Lori Harnick, General Manager of Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs, and originally appeared on the Microsoft Corporate Citizenship Blog . Earlier today our CEO Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft YouthSpark, a new company-wide initiative to create opportunities...
24 Sep 2012
The No Excuses Guide to Getting Rid of Windows XP
I've been warning about the end of XP for months now , urging nonprofits, charities, and libraries to upgrade as soon as possible. To be fair, there are some naysayers, like Larry Seltzer and his Top 10 excuses for sticking with Windows XP , but even that is a parody piece. There are essentially...
27 Mar 2014