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Donations of Office 2013 Are Now Available!

posted  by Anonymous -  Fri, 25/01/2013 - 12:19  

The latest version of Microsoft Office is here! Eligible NGOs, charities, and libraries can now request Office Standard and Professional editions through the Microsoft Software Donation Program at BiGTech Donation Program

 

Microsoft Office offers a number of new features and benefits over Office 2010, including direct integration with SkyDrive, new graphics options, the ability to open and edit PDFs in Word, and to sync across several devices. This means you can start working on a document on your desktop and then continue where you left off on another computer, laptop, or tablet because Office saves your work in the cloud as you go.

If you have received a donation of Microsoft Office through BiGTech Donations Program that included Software Assurance (and it is still current), you can upgrade to the latest version of Office at no additional cost. 

 

What’s New in Office?

One of the most interesting new features of Office is its integration with the cloud. Microsoft’s Office Web Apps let your staff and volunteers create, edit, and share documents online. For example, you can add comments to a Word document, and colleagues can respond to them directly within the document or via email or Skype. Plus: You can start working on a document on your desktop, then continue right where you left off on a different computer or tablet.

 


   One addition to Word that you’ll notice right away is its treatment of   PDFs. For the first time, you can open a PDF in Word, and its paragraphs, lists, tables, and other content will act just like Word content. 

Word includes new templates and design tools, plus it automatically remembers your location in the document as you work. This means you can close a document and come back to it later, continuing your work at the same spot, even on a different computer. And Word now includes the ability to reply to comments within a comment


 

  The latest version of Excel helps you explore    your organization’s data in a more intuitive and visual way. Excel recommends charts and graphs for you based on the data you’re trying to display, and it allows you to display selected workbooks collaboratively via Lync. Plus: Excel learns and recognizes your patterns and auto-completes your remaining data without macros.

 


    As you build your slideshows, PowerPoint  suggests variations on   your color scheme and  template while you are working and    includes new tools to help develop and align text, graphics, and imagery. This updated presentation tool also includes an improved Presenter View and a PowerPoint web app that allows coauthoring of presentations by several people inside and outside of your organization.

 



   Your OneNote notebooks are now built to move with you, thanks to the new cloud integration. The notes you take on your desktop or laptop will be accessible from any other computer, as well as your tablet and smartphone. You can use OneNote Mobile apps on Windows Phone, iOS, and Android phones. And if you are using a browser, just open the OneNote Web App. 



OneNote now also allows integration of pictures, video, and Excel spreadsheets into your notes. Plus: include links, webpages, maps, and sketches into your note taking as well.

 


 


   Outlook features new and improved ways to handle your email accounts, coordinate staff and volunteer schedules, manage your    social networks, and keep yourself organized through to-do lists. The new version of Outlook also includes “Peeks” — which let you take a quick glance at your schedule — as well as a calendar sharing function so others can see when you’re available.


Another neat new addition to Outlook is the weather bar, which lets you view the forecast right within Outlook, helping you plan your day and any upcoming travel.

 

 

 


Office is Optimized for Windows 8

    Eligible organizations can also request  donated upgrades of Windows 8 Professional and Windows 8 Enterprise. With a new mobile-friendly design that features sleek tiles in the place of conventional icons, Windows 8 is a complete rethinking of the Windows environment. It keeps some aspects of what we are all used to from Windows 7. But it drops the “Start” button in favor of a new app-integrated look and makes it easier to sync with cloud-based services. 

Learn more about Windows 8. 

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Just In: Donated Licenses of Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits!

posted  by Anonymous -  Tue, 25/09/2012 - 11:03  
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Increase productivity, reduce costs, and simplify your NGO’s IT management with Microsoft Office 365. Available through Microsoft to qualifying organizations, Office 365 provides you and your staff with web-based access to Office applications and your documents from anywhere. Visit Microsoft Website for details Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits

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posted  Thu, 01/10/2009 - 19:42   Microsoft is pleased to partner with BigTech Program to donate a wide variety of software products to nonprofit organizations and public libraries. Hundreds of professional and enterprise Microsoft products are available. BigTech Program charges a small administrative fee to donation recipients to enable us to offer our services to you.

Eligibility
Organizations must meet all of the Microsoft rules, eligibility, and restrictions guidelines to be able to receive software donations through this program

Learn More About the Microsoft Donation Program
BigTech Program encourages organizations to visit our Overview of the Microsoft Donation Program. There you can learn about the quantity of products an organization can request, special rules for software installed by public libraries, and specific procedures to follow for returns. This page also provides an overview of the benefits and rules of the Microsoft Volume Licensing program, through which the donated products are made available, along with links to help you find additional information at both BigTech Program and Microsoft. Please click here to look at the Microsoft software licenses available for donation.

GDPR Takes Effect in May 2018 — Is Your Nonprofit Ready?

Tue, 24/04/2018 - 11:05 - Anonymous

A new data privacy law may affect your nonprofit: what to do about it

What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation is Europe's new privacy law.

It raises the bar for the protection of personal data, which is any data that can be linked to an individual.

What does this mean to the average person or organization in simple terms? The GDPR imposes new rules on companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and other organizations. It imposes those rules, regardless of location, on organizations that offer goods and services to people in the European Union (EU) or that collect and analyze data tied to EU residents.

The average person will have more explicit rights under GDPR to know who stores, processes, and has access to their personal data. Under GDPR, EU residents can request access to, rectification of, and deletion of their data.

Organizations need to review their data governance practices, get rid of legacy systems that store unnecessary data, and delete data not collected as prescribed under the new GDPR rules. They also need to document appropriate technical and organizational measures and work only with reliable vendors or face high financial and reputational risks.

How will GDPR impact my organization based in the U.S.? Many organizations in the U.S. do not operate or have business in the EU or process information of individuals in the EU. For them, the GDPR will not have an immediate impact. However, many other countries around the world are looking at the GDPR to be a basis for their own privacy laws and regulations. Microsoft believes compliance with the GDPR standard can be a best practice in data management of personal information.

Why did the EU put GDPR into place? In Europe, privacy is a fundamental right, and the EU is dedicated to protecting it. The EU's operational philosophy is built on the concept that personal data belongs to the individual. This is different than how the United States operates, where information collected on an individual is seen as the property of the organization that collects it.

Data breaches have become part of our everyday life. And Europe wants to lead the way internationally to require companies to be more principled and transparent around data use and invest in security and data protection. Any company or agency collecting or utilizing personal information may do so only if they have a lawful basis to process the information.

Will other countries follow the EU and put similar regulations in place? The GDPR applies to anyone who provides goods or services to residents in Europe. Other countries are considering similar laws with some variations, as some countries consider GDPR overly prescriptive.

Who will monitor GDPR compliance? The Data Protection Authorities in the member states, as well as the European Data Protection Board, will monitor GDPR compliance.

When does GDPR take effect? It takes effect May 25, 2018. It has been made clear that there will be no enforcement grace period, as companies received two years' notice to prepare for the new regulations.

What are the main requirements of GDPR? The GDPR requires enhanced security, data protection, appropriate technical and organizational measures, transparency, record keeping, accountability, and supporting data subject requests. It also requires a 72-hour personal data breach notification by data controllers to the authorities. Responsibility for data protection will be shared within organizations and with vendors, establishing a shared responsibility model.

Organizations must know what and how personal information is collected and processed in their internal systems. Conforming to this rule will require executive awareness of how information collection and processing takes place and cannot be considered an IT or legal issue alone. Internal awareness and training will be key.

How do I know if GDPR applies to my organization? What are risks to my organization if it doesn't comply? GDPR applies to any organization that operates within the borders of the European Union or processes the personal data of any person in the European Union. Failure to comply will expose the organization to legal and financial penalties from privacy regulators in the EU plus legal claims from individuals.

Can Microsoft help us meet the requirements of GDPR? The final responsibility for GDPR compliance lies with the organization. It's up to nonprofits to determine what data will be collected, how it will be used, and who the people in the organization are who are responsible. It's also up to nonprofits to figure out how individuals can request their personal information and request rectification and deletion.

However, Microsoft does provide a suite of tools to assist with meeting requirements. Our Azure cloud infrastructure has been designed with GDPR in mind and has the systems in place to assist in GDPR compliance. Our Office 365 E3 and E5 licenses allow for ease of data tagging and automatic identification of sensitive information even if the user does not know it to be. Finally, we have launched a GDPR compliance dashboard that can be used by organizations to monitor their own compliance.

You can also visit the GDPR web page on our new Microsoft Trust Center website to learn more about how the features and functionality of AzureDynamics 365Enterprise Mobility + SecurityOffice 365, and Windows 10 will enable you to meet the GDPR's requirements.

What next steps I should take? Start by reviewing our Nonprofit Guidelines for Cybersecurity and Privacy white paper. From there, decide internally who will be responsible to assure compliance and the steps needed. GDPR compliance will not happen overnight with a final endpoint; it's a continuous journey.

Additional Resources on GDPR for Nonprofits

About the Authors

 As the Microsoft Philanthropies humanitarian response manager, Cameron has the responsibility for coordinating across the company the provision of resources to external agencies providing humanitarian relief during sudden onset humanitarian disasters. As with others on the team, he also has a portfolio of other engagement areas with nonprofits to include awareness on data privacy and cybersecurity issues.

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Simandi was appointed to the role of European data protection attorney for Microsoft in February 2017. As part of Microsoft's European commercial legal team, she supports the company's enterprise customers in complying with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation and accelerating their digital transformation. 

 

 

 

 

This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License. 

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Important Program Changes as of April 3, 2018

Thu, 29/03/2018 - 14:10 - Anonymous

Important Program Changes as of April 3, 2018

Microsoft has updated the product offerings and rules for participating in this program. This change allows Microsoft and NASSCOM Foundation to continue to provide nonprofits with the technology they need to achieve their missions.

What Has Changed?

·      Certain on-premises software products from Microsoft are no longer available through NASSCOM Foundation as donated products. However, these products will soon be available through NASSCOM Foundation as discounted products for eligible nonprofits and libraries.

·      Eligible organizations are no longer limited to requesting donated products from a maximum of 10 title groups during their two-year cycle. Instead, organizations can simply request up to 50 or 25 of each donated product and up to 5 donated server products that don't use core-based licensing per two-year cycle.

What Hasn't Changed?

·      The most popular on-premises software products from Microsoft are still available as donated products to eligible nonprofits and libraries.

·      Request limits for donated products will still be reset every two years.

·      All other program rules, eligibility, and restrictions have remained the same.

For more information, see the Microsoft Software Donation Program – Eligibility, Allotments, and Returns page.

The Microsoft Software Donation Program at NASSCOM Foundation provides a wide variety of software to nonprofits, charities, and public libraries throughout India.

The program is one of NASSCOM Foundation most popular resources. You can choose from hundreds of professional and enterprise Microsoft products for your organization.

Which Versions of Microsoft Software Are Available?

The names of products in the Microsoft program don't include version numbers. When you receive a product, you can choose to download the current version of the software or the previous version. You can find out which version is the current one on the Current Versions of Microsoft Products page. In addition, you can download the software in any language that's available.

Eligibility and Restrictions

Consult the eligibility and restrictions page to review your organization's eligibility to participate in this program.

Microsoft provides nonprofits and libraries with a maximum allotment of product donations that can be requested per two-year cycle.

For detailed explanations of the quantity of products you can request, special rules for public libraries, and specific procedures to follow for returns, see the Microsoft Software Donation Program – Eligibility, Allotments, and Returns page.

 

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Office 2016 is here!

Thu, 01/10/2015 - 09:54 - Anonymous

What's New in Office for Windows

Simplified sharing: Quickly and easily invite others to review or edit your document using the new Share button located on the Ribbon in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel doc.  With better integration in Office 2016, you can get more information and have more interactivity while working within documents.  Integration with Skype for Business incorporates instant messaging or live calls.

 

Real-time typing in Word: You can see where others are working and what they are typing as they type it in the Word desktop application. Just save a document to OneDrive for Business and invite your colleagues to join you in a simultaneous authoring session.

 

 

 Data analysis in Excel: New analysis capabilities are built into Excel, including one-click forecasting, so you can pull, map, analyze and visualize your data faster.

 

 

 Insights: Powered by Bing, this feature brings you contextual information from the web right into your Office experience when using Word, Excel, Outlook, or PowerPoint

 

 Data loss protection: IT admins can centrally create, manage, and enforce policies for content authoring and document sharing in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. End users will see policy tips or sharing restrictions when the apps detect a potential policy violation.

 

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Are You Ready for Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits?

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Find out if your organization can benefit from moving to Office in the cloud  

Is your staff spread across several locations? Do you have a limited budget for IT support like installations and upgrades? Are your staff and volunteers requesting to work from personal devices, such as their smartphones or tablets? Your nonprofit or charity might be ready to migrate to the cloud. But you might also have some trepidation about going completely online, especially if you're working with sensitive information. Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits allows you to have both: the full capabilities and secure environment of installed software with the collaborative, anywhere availability of the cloud.

Eligible nonprofits and charities can now receive donated and newly discounted versions of Office 365 tailored especially toward nonprofits. And because nonprofits come in different sizes and have diverse technology needs, there are four plans to choose from. 

Benefits of Office 365

Office 365 deepens the word processing, data analysis, communication, and productivity features of Office that your staff is already familiar with. Here are some of its key benefits: 

• Office Web Apps. You're on your way home from the office and realize that you forgot to update an important document. What do you do? With Office Web Apps, you can open, view, and edit documents right from your browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) on your home computer. Your staff can use Office Web Apps on their own devices, giving them the flexibility to work wherever and whenever they need to.

 Hosted email. With Microsoft Exchange Online, you can access your email, shared calendars, and contacts from your PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet without having to set up a VPN or remote access to your office. Office 365 provides each user with 25 GB of mailbox storage with attachments of up to 25 MB each.

• Document sharing. Easily share documents with your colleagues with SharePoint Online, which is like an online document repository in the cloud. You can even edit documents simultaneously with others, saving you precious time.

• High-definition collaboration. Microsoft Lync Online is an all-in-one tool for video calls, web conferencing, instant messaging, and voice calls. With high-definition (HD) video conferencing, you can meet and collaborate with out-of-office staff and volunteers. Lync Online includes a real-time note-taking feature so you can keep track of ideas and notes from your meetings.  

• Security and privacy. Along with built-in spam and malware protection for email, Office 365 also lets you add security to mobile devices. Your IT staff can manage and customize your organization's security options in a single console (a web-based admin center).  If your organization deals with sensitive information, your data will be protected in the cloud. Office 365 is compliant with industry standards including HIPAA, FISMA, BAA, and others.

• Support 24/7. Don't have on-call IT staff? Office 365 provides 24/7 professional-level support for issues ranging from critical to mild (depending on the plan your organization has). 

Choosing the Right Plan

Nonprofits and charities vary in staffing and technical needs, so there isn't a "one-size-fits-all" Office 365 plan. There are two free donated plans: 

• Office 365 Small Business for Nonprofits

• Office 365 Enterprise E1 for Nonprofits 

The free donated plans do not include the full installed version of Office (which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). To supplement these free Office 365 plans, you can request the latest version of Office through TechSoup. 

Eligible organizations can also upgrade to the discounted paid plans, which offer the desktop Office apps. With these plans, your staff can use Office apps on up to five devices per user. 

The Small Business plans are designed for smaller nonprofits with 1-10 users and no on-site IT staff. The Small Business Premium actually has a limit of 25 users. The Enterprise versions, on the other hand, are designed for organizations of all sizes that are running a server-client network, like Windows Server.

 Migration and Maintenance

Office 365 is designed to make IT tasks as simple as possible so you can focus on your organization's mission. For nonprofits without IT staff, the Office 365 admin portal lets accidental techies configure settings and customize services according to their staff's needs. Visit fasttrack.office.com for detailed Office 365 migration support. 

How to Get Office 365

To find out if your organization is eligible to receive donated and discounted versions of Office 365, visit the Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits site.

Nonprofit and non-governmental organizations must be recognized as charitable organizations in their respective countries in order to be eligible for Microsoft Nonprofit Programs. Eligible organizations will operate on a not-for-profit basis and have a mission to benefit the local community that could include, but is not limited to

• Providing relief to the poor

• Advancing education

• Improving social welfare

• Preserving culture

• Preserving or restoring the environment

• Promoting human rights

• Establishment of civil society 

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