Did You Know That Microsoft Office 365 is Free for UK Registered Charities or Not for Profit Organisations?
The global software giant has launched Office 365 for NonProfits to provide qualifying organisations with access to the most recent cloud based software.
How will Office 365 benefit your Charity or Not for Profit Organisation
Essentially, Office 365 is a suite of Microsoft software including Word, Excel, Outlook which have historically been installed to your desktop and will now be available via your internet browser.
Using Office 365, employees of these organisations will be able to access their favourite desktop applications from any available devices including laptops, tablets/ ipads, mobile devices in any location with access to the web.
This will be particularly useful for remote or community based employees who only attend the office for administrative tasks. The use of the Office 365 software will enable employees to carry out said tasks while on the move or from the comfort of their own homes, thereby improving productivity.
The software also allows users to use the video conferencing services.
Surely It Can’t Be Free?
This is a bit of a tricky one to explain. The Office 365 ‘Enterprise E1 Package’ is free and this includes email, data storage and a small selection of other accompanying services.
To really benefit from the full impact of the total package, we would recommend that charities and not for profit organisations subscribe to the Microsoft ‘Enterprise E3 Package’. This includes many of the Microsoft applications users will be used to including Word, Excel and PowerPoint but you should also bear in mind that if you already have a current version of Microsoft Office, you can use this.
How much does this package cost? It’s available from a reduced fee of just £3.40 per user per month instead of the standard price of £15.
Is Your Organisation Eligible to Benefit?
UK registered charities and not for profit organisations are eligible to apply. There are specific criteria for qualifying
Microsoft have provided comprehensive guidelines which can be viewed here. If you require any help determining if you qualify please get in touch.
If you are interested in finding out more about Microsoft Office 365 and how it could be of benefit to your organisation, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange a meeting.
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