Good News! Updates to the Microsoft Software Donation Program

The Microsoft Software Donation Program for public libraries and nonprofits is one of TechSoup's most popular resources. Since 1998, Microsoft has donated more than $3.9 billion worth of software to libraries and nonprofit organizations in more than 100 countries worldwide. And starting today, Microsoft is updating its software donations program to make it even easier for your library to get the Microsoft products you need, when you need them!

To make navigating the program easier, we're pleased to introduce the Microsoft Donation Center, so eligible organizations can easily track Microsoft requests and see what else Microsoft has to offer.

  • Request what you need, when you need it: You can now request Microsoft products as needed, not just once per year. Also, there is no longer a five-seat minimum requirement, so a library can request just one license if that is all it needs.
  • Get more complete solutions: Now you can request from up to 10 different Microsoft title groups in each two-year cycle, so you can build more complete solutions. And, with the addition of Microsoft’s Get Genuine Windows product, organizations can ensure their existing computers are running genuine versions of Microsoft operating systems.
  • Easily see Microsoft donations details at a glance: To help you manage your Microsoft donations, TechSoup has created the Microsoft Donation Center (accessible from the Donation Request/History page under My Account), where libraries can get all the pertinent details in one place. You can easily track what’s been donated so far, what remains of your software allotment, when their cycle resets, and more library and nonprofit resources available from Microsoft.
  • Existing Microsoft cycles have been reset: If your library is already participating in the Microsoft Software Donation Program through TechSoup, your cycle has been reset! Your two-year donation cycle will start again when you place your first Microsoft request after July 27, 2011, and will reset every two years on the anniversary of that request. Requests placed before July 27, 2011, will not count against your new Microsoft software donation allotment.

Not sure if your library is eligible for the Microsoft Software Donation Program? Take our Check Program Eligibility Quiz – see if you’re eligible for Microsoft and our 44 other donation programs.

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