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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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...