In a surprise move by Microsoft on Tuesday, the MSDN TechNet blog released information concerning nonprofits and Office 365. Starting on Tuesday, Microsoft via its Technology For Good Program is donating Office 365 to nonprofits around the world, a strong move at that.
The donation of Office 365 will cover over 41 different global countries and over 90 countries are scheduled to get it by July 2014. There is no cap to the number of employees within the nonprofit, and this move by Microsoft is sure to gain nonprofit support around the globe.
Nonprofits Already Using Office 365
In its blog post, Microsoft already detailed other nonprofits who are using Office 365 currently and how they succeed using it. Companies like Boys & Girls Clubs of America and others were noted for the post. By giving its products to these companies, employees can use Office 365 within their company and help their nonprofits succeed.
Various Office 365 Products Available
Depending on the size of the nonprofit and its eligibility, Office 365 is available in a number of SKU’s for them. From the Office 365 Small Business for Nonprofits, Office 365 Small Business Premium for Nonprofits, Office 365 Enterprise E1 for Nonprofits, and Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Nonprofits, any nonprofit can succeed with Office 365. Different levels of service and advanced services are available via these SKU choices of Office 365.
Available Starting Today
Microsoft is making these Office 365 products for nonprofits available immediately, and nonprofits can sign up for them on the Office 365 page. Users can sign up for a trial, verify their organization’s eligibility status for nonprofit prices, and then use the service as a donation or upgrade for additional services if needed.
This move by Microsoft is great for nonprofits, and goes after Google in this space at the same time. It gives these nonprofits a great software product, and means nonprofits won’t have to use Google Apps for these anymore. Nonprofits thanked Microsoft in a series of news articles that came out on Tuesday, and it marks a great point in the of Microsoft and Office 365. This should give nonprofits a new tool to help them build business and help others.