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  • Blog Post: A Closer Look at the Nonprofit IT Pyramid: A Framework Love Story in 4 Parts

    Editor's Note: This is the second of a five-part series we'll be cross-posting on the TechSoup Blog from our friends in from Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team. You can view this original post at the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog . Microsoft released a new paper, Demystifying IT Adoption and...
  • Blog Post: Photoshop Elements vs. Photoshop

    A powerful image can instantly communicate your organization's message on your website or blog. A collection of inspiring images can make a great presentation even better. If you're going to work more effectively with images and don't already have an image-editing tool, you might consider...
  • Blog Post: Free Google Apps Education Edition for Nonprofits

    Recently, Google announced that Google Apps Premier Edition is available at a 40% discount ($30/user/year) for U.S. nonprofit organizations with over 3,000 users . Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) and our own blog has been carrying news for some time about the fact that Google Apps Education Edition...
  • Blog Post: 1stfans: How Much Is Your Nonprofit's Online Presence Worth?

    In December, the Brooklyn Museum introduced 1stfans , a "socially networked museum membership." For an affordable $20 a year, 1stfans members can access special Brooklyn Museum content by email, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook; and attend members-only events at the museum. I heard about 1stfans...
  • Blog Post: Getting Your Blog On? Comparing Two Blog Tool Giants

    If your organization is looking to join the blogosphere, there are a lot of things to consider — staff investment, leadership buy-in, one blog or multiple, return on investment, and a host of other issues. Once the decision has been made to get your organizational blog rolling (pun intended) the...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date: Special Mailshell Promotion

    For just 24 hours on December 5, nonprofit organizations and public libraries can request free anti-spam desktop software, donated by Mailshell, at TechSoup Stock. This special offer is part of the fifth annual "Stop Spam Today!" campaign.
  • Blog Post: Latest (and Earliest) Review of Windows 7

    The Wall Street Journal's influential tech blogger Walt Mossberg just posted his latest and most comprehensive review of Windows 7, two weeks before its official release on October 22 . A lot of his observations are based in comparison to Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS' Snow Leopard (which is...
  • Blog Post: Find and Use the Right Software for Your NPO

    The second Tuesday of each month, social changemakers and Web innovators get together to network, socialize and share ideas at Net Tuesday, an event produced by NetSquared , a project of TechSoup . Next Tuesday, November 13, Allen Gunn of Aspiration and Social Source Commons will facilitate a FREE interactive...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup Talks Webinar on June 23: Free and Easy Collaboration with Office Live Workspace

    If you've ever emailed yourself files so you could access them at home, fumbled with thumb drives, or struggled with sending large files to your collaborators, you need this webinar ! Office Live Workspace (OLW) is a free online tool available from Microsoft to help you store, share, and collaborate...
  • Blog Post: The Most Commonly Used Passwords

    When choosing a new password, we are often faced with a dilemma. While on the one hand, we want a password that is easy to remember, we don't want it to be so obvious that someone else could guess it. It should come as no surprise that when hackers try to crack into other people's accounts they first...
  • Blog Post: Adobe Youth Voices Seeks Work from Young Filmmakers

    Our partners at Adobe just let us know about Youth Producing Change , a search for films about human rights issues created by filmmakers under the age 19. Adobe Youth Voices is producing this event with Human Rights Watch, and the selected films will be screened around the world as part of HRW's film...
  • Blog Post: The Potential of SharePoint for Nonprofits and Public Libraries - Free Webinar March 9

    Nonprofits and libraries are consistently challenged to collaborate with their staffs, boards, and other supporters in efficient and effective ways. Organizational history, content, knowledge, and files may live with different people, in various email inboxes, or on different computers or file servers...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup's Product and Partner Pages: A Quick Tour

    Updated 4/8/14 "The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit." - Moliere Some of my favorite calls that come in to TechSoup's customer service start with something like "I've read the program information and restrictions about the products on your website but since this...
  • Blog Post: Unconference: NetSquared Open Space (NOS): APIs and Open Data

    List five ways your organization can use APIs and open data to show your impact, coordinate volunteers, and inspire supporters to take action. Go! No clue? No problem. Attend the Unconference: Netsquared Open Space (NOS): APIs and Open Data at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (# 10NTC ) to learn how...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date for Windows 7 on October 22

    While looking for anything to watch other than Tom Delay shake his bum on Dancing with the Stars the other night, I came across one of the new commercials from Microsoft about their upcoming release of the Windows 7 operating system. The commercial featured the cutest little spokesperson you've ever...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofit Web Sites on the Cheap

    Last Friday, TechSoup's Chris Peters and I spent our day at a one-day conference for nonprofits and community organizers from Northern California who desperately needed help figuring out how to get on the Web 2.0 bandwagon. What we found though, was that the crowd was more of a Web 0.8 audience in that...
  • Blog Post: Webinar Recording: Podcasting

    This week I helped produce the second of five webinars (in conjunction with NTEN ) about Storytelling and Social Media. The presenter, Corey Pudhorodsky, is the host and producer of 501c3Cast . He helped attendees identify if podcasting is a good match for their storytelling needs and gave them a clear...
  • Blog Post: Software as a Service (SaaS) Is Green, but Is It Right for You?

    Software as a service (SaaS) is an undeniably green alternative to traditional computing. It's one form of cloud computing in which people use software applications that are located on the Internet rather than on their own computers or networks. A very common example of it is web-based email. The green...
  • Blog Post: Does Technology Help You Make an Impact in Your Community?

    This post originally appeared on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog and was written by Tom Murphy , the director of corporate communications for Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship and Community Affairs programs. Enter the Tech for Good Contest for Nonprofits and Libraries in Washington State!...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office at Macworld

    Sad as it is for some Mac fanatics, Apple's decision to pull out of the Macworld conference after 2009 is probably a good sign. It shows that Apple has grown beyond its niche, trade-show market. I hope that the company will grow in other ways too: redoubling its focus on building secure, elegant software...
  • Blog Post: Remote Access Proves Critical to New Zealand NGO After Earthquake

    This post originally appeared on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog and was written by Erica Lorraine Scheidt, TechSoup Global's Director of Marketing Communications. Through my work with TechSoup Global, all kinds of amazing stories cross my desk, but a letter we received from the Cystic Fibrosis...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Now Available

    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 was released to market on August 6, and it's already available as a TechSoup Stock donation . Microsoft SQL Server is one of the most popular database servers in the world, and we're glad to help Microsoft get this powerful product into the hands of medium and large nonprofits...
  • Blog Post: Now Available on TechSoup: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro

    We've just added Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, the newest version of Adobe's PDF-creation software, to the TechSoup catalog. Eligible organizations can request it for Windows or Mac as a downloadable donation. Most people are familiar with PDF documents, and if you don't use Acrobat, you've...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance: Place Your Donation Requests Before June 30

    Make sure your organization gets all of the hardware or software it needs from TechSoup before our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2011. Why the rush? Most of TechSoup's donation programs limit the number of requests an organization can place per fiscal year - our fiscal year runs from July 1...
  • Blog Post: Windows MultiPoint Server Now Available on TechSoup

    We've got a new Microsoft product available here at TechSoup that might be useful for libraries, organizations with computer labs, or other multi-user computing environments: Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 . It's a new operating system that allows multiple users to simultaneously share one computer,...