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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: One More Chance to Get Microsoft Donation Program Questions Answered!

    On Thursday, August 4, I had the pleasure of assisting in the webinar, Microsoft Donation Program: How Does It Work? With nearly 300 attendees, we had a tremendous response to this webinar, and I wanted to take a moment to thank Meg Creelman and Kami Griffiths, who did a wonderful job presenting...
  • Blog Post: What Makes an Ideal Submission for the Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest?

    In celebration of the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Microsoft announced the Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest in partnership with NetSquared . The Windows 8 Apps for Social Good contest challenges anyone to design an app for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 that can make a positive...
  • Blog Post: Cool App Roundup: Disaster and Emergency Edition

    This edition of the App It Up project "Cool App Roundup" highlights different ways apps can be used in disaster, crisis, and emergency situations. Preparing for Disaster The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a free emergency preparedness app . The FEMA app includes...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Apps for Nonprofits and Libraries

    Windows 8 is here! And besides its revamped look and enhanced features, the Windows Store offers some new apps designed especially for the Windows 8 Start screen (Read about what's new in Windows 8 and how to get Windows 8 for your organization). As part of the App It Up 2: Transforming Communities...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofit Profile: First Christian Church of Beardstown Illinois

    For a very long time faith-based 501(c)(3) charitable organizations have been in a special category and were often barred from foundation grants and corporate donations even though there has never been a strictly legal reason for this. I gave Jay Bowman of the First Christian Church of Beardstown...
  • Blog Post: Outlook.com — The New Hotmail

    If you’re one of the 300 million or so people who used Hotmail free webmail, you probably know by now that Hotmail is no more and that you’ve been switched over to Outlook.com . It’s Microsoft’s free webmail service that just replaced the venerable Hotmail service. I thought...
  • Blog Post: CTT Showcases Remote Work Solution as London Prepares for Olympics

    Charity Technology Trust (CTT), TechSoup's partner in the UK, has been devising a strategy to prepare for the predicted impact of the Olympics on London's transportation system this summer. Based in London, CTT has come up with a 21st century remote work solution that was featured in the British...