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Beginning July 27, 2011, organizations now have more flexibility regarding when they can request Microsoft software donations and in the product donations available.
How These Changes Benefit Your Organization:
Request what you need, when you need it: Organizations can now request Microsoft products as needed, not just once per year. Also, there is no longer a five-seat minimum requirement, so an organization 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 2-year cycle, so you can build more complete solutions that help you meet your mission. And with Microsoft’s Get Genuine Windows offer, you can ensure you’re running genuine versions of Microsoft operating systems (see sidebar).
Easily see Microsoft details at a glance: To help organizations manage their Microsoft donations, TechSoup has created the Microsoft Donation Center (accessible on TechSoup.org from the Donation Request/History page under My Account), where nonprofits can get all the pertinent details in one place.
If you’re already partici-pating in the Microsoft Software Donation Program through TechSoup, your cycle has been reset! Your 2-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 will not count against your new donation allotment.
With these improvements from Microsoft and the new Microsoft Donation Center, now is an excellent time for another visit to TechSoup!