Microsoft Donates Office 365 To Non-Profit Organizations

Microsoft has announced the global availability of Office 365 for Nonprofits for qualifying nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) through its software donation program. The donation is available immediately in 41 countries around the world and for up to 90 countries by July 2014.

“Today we are donating to nonprofits and NGOs access to Microsoft’s best-in-class cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools, enabling them to spend fewer resources and time on IT and focus on their missions addressing global issues, such as disease eradication, education and literacy, and environmental sustainability,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International. “Nonprofits operate in the same way as any other organization or business; however, many lack the resources to implement the latest technology. The donation of Office 365 allows them to be more effective and efficient in the work they do.”

“In many of the countries served by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), connectivity can be unreliable and equipment disproportionately expensive. Our Digital Divide Initiative aims to build professional capacity across our global network and help Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies that work in challenging environments to introduce technologies, such as cloud-based email servers, that are suited to their needs,” said Edward Happ, global chief information officer, IFRC. “Building on this, we’ve made available Office 365 as our cloud-based solution. The technology just works; it helps people do what they need to do. This means that the time and energy of the National Society is devoted to helping the vulnerable, not to managing its IT systems. It makes a real difference to humanitarian delivery at minimum cost.”

“Microsoft has a long-standing history of philanthropy, providing nonprofits with software donations and cash grants for the past 30 years,” said Lori Harnick, general manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft. “Office 365 for Nonprofits is a new, critical investment Microsoft is making in the global nonprofit community so nonprofits can streamline their IT and focus on doing more good.”

In a study by Microsoft’s software donation partner TechSoup Global, nonprofits reported that the top four advantages of cloud computing are easier IT administration (79 percent), cost savings (62 percent), improved collaboration (61 percent) and data security (54 percent).

Microsoft pointed out the many benefits of Office 365 compared to its competitor *cough Google Docs cough*:

  • Ability to access information from virtually anywhere.
  • Easy collaboration.
  • Easy IT implementation.
  • Reliability and up-to-date technology.

Microsoft’s has a long history of donating its software and to date has donated $795 million in cash, software and services to 70,286 nonprofits in more than 115 countries around the world.

For more information and to get your organization into the program, head over to the Microsoft’s site in the source below.

Source: Microsoft via Neowin

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  • Guest

    Looks like a purely defensive play. Going to be some impact on Office revenue numbers, which are already under some pressure due to the fall off in the consumer side.

    • Tips_y

      Your comment does not make sense. If there’s a fall off in revenue for Office, the defensive play should be quite the opposite of donating it for free around the globe.

      • Joe_HTH

        The problem is there is no fall off in Office revenue. Office revenue is increasing.

        • Tips_y

          Yes thank you, very true! That’s why MSFT’s action of free donation as a way of giving back to the community makes a lot of sense. In contrary, Guest’s comment makes no sense at all.

    • nohone

      How pathetic. Here Microsoft is trying to give back to the community, to help people, and you grasp at straws and twist it to try to show Microsoft is “failing.” The fact is that Office revenues were up for the last quarter,
      Today Apple announced they are giving away their iWork apps when you buy an iDevice. Where are your claims that they are desperate to get anyone to use their software? Where are the claims of how they will lose revenue? The fact is, Apple is seeing people buy Surface which has Office – the good suite of apps, not that crap Apple makes – and with iPad sales dropping they need to try something, anything, to keep people on board.
      Just really sad how low people like you will go.

      • JReuben1

        nohone, my old friend – have you tried LibreOffice: http://www.libreoffice.org/download – it has all the word, excel, powerpoint features you need, and its free.

        • nohone

          Well of it isn’t the guy who will make up lies just to drive people open source, and when he is caught in those lies, change the subject and then tell yet another lie.

          I have tried LibreOffice, and it’s parent OO. Both were a steaming pile of amateurish crap. You know LibreOffice must be bad when non-profits will pay money for Office365, hence Microsoft doing good things for their fellow man by donating copies.
          LibreOffice – they cant even give it away.

          • JReuben1

            LibreOffice has reached a point of maturity & feature parity where it is now a viable alternative to MS office – it is free , faster & more stable.
            I guess you have to resort to smearing me, when you cannot point to any advantages that MS Orfice has over LibreOffice. Are you technically proficient enough to provide an argument to the contrary, or are you only capable of ad hominum insults ?

    • Joe_HTH

      LOL! Office is driven by the enterprise, not consumers, and Google Apps is not even on the same playing field. Not to mention Office revenues have been increasing, not declining.

  • Yuan Taizong

    This is a great way to get Microsoft Office 365 to more consumers, first of all Microsoft gains a lot of face with this move, they’re helping the good do more good, Microsoft is also demostrating the capabilities of the already growing Microsoft Office 365 Cloud-ecosystem, which is even praised by hardcore Cloud-haters, and this also gives the oppurtunity of mouth-to-ears commercial with people who’ve worked with it being more experienced and advising it to their friends and business-partners.

    Also this expands the the number of people using it thus getting a higher marketshare, this is a win-win situation for both Microsoft and the non-profit organizations.

    • techieg

      That’s what I’m saying. No other company provides as much as MS does but they enjoy reaping the public off with expensive toys while snickering and just stuffing all the money in the bank.

  • Drewidian

    I love every nail they put in Google’s Office Ambitions’ coffin. Keep it up MS.

  • Bugbog

    Money+Mouth=FTW!

  • Tips_y

    Hey, get either Mulally or Lawrie in there as CEO of MSFT and they’d axed these free projects in a sec too. LOL!

  • reKitab

    Nice. Thankyou Microsoft:)