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Get Windows 10 for Your Library

This blog was originally published on TechSoup.org. If you miss the free upgrade offer, you can still request Windows 10 through TechSoup. 

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on July 29, 2016. If you want to take advantage of this free upgrade offer, now is the time.

Learn About the Free Upgrade

TechSoup is here to help you understand the best upgrade option for your organization. If you have active Software Assurance, use a Windows version that isn't eligible for Microsoft's free upgrade, or you need Windows 10 Enterprise, read on!

4 Ways to Get More from the Microsoft Donation Program

Editor's Note: This blog originally appeared on the TechSoup blog. Because Microsoft products are some of the most popular among libraries, we thought this article might be useful for requesting and downloading software. 

 

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The Microsoft Software Donation Program is by far the most popular of TechSoup's many donation programs. Here's a quick guide to getting the most out of your Microsoft donation requests.

1. Maximize the Number of Microsoft Products You Request

First off, you should know that there's a maximum allotment of Microsoft software donations that eligible organizations can request every two years. Your two-year cycle begins with your first Microsoft donation request. After two years, a new cycle begins, and a new allotment is available.

If you aren't sure when your two-year cycle began or how many more donations you can request during the current cycle, there's an easy way to check. Just go to My Microsoft Donation Center. You'll need to log in to your TechSoup account to see it.

Go to My Microsoft Donation Center

 

TechSoup Product Donations That Our Library Members Like Best

From time to time, we like to check to see what product donations public libraries particularly like among the more than 400 offerings on TechSoup. We thought you might like to know what your colleagues are interested in.

Hidden Gems for Libraries

 

From reading programs to language dictionaries, these products are especially popular among our library members. There might be something on this list you haven't yet considered for your library!

Get Windows 10 for Your Library

This post originally appeared on the TechSoup blog. Find out how to upgrade your library's computers to Windows 10 today!  

Windows 10 is here! For many organizations, the upgrade is free. Learn how to upgrade your systems.

If You Have Active Software Assurance, Use It to Get Your Free Upgrade

Windows 10 will be available for download through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) on August 3, 2015. If you requested a Windows upgrade license through TechSoup after August 3, 2013, you have active Software Assurance for that license, and you'll be able to download the upgrade for free on that date. See our instructions for downloading software from the VLSC.

If you have active Software Assurance, it's important to upgrade through the VLSC rather than through Microsoft's other free upgrade routes. Why? Upgrading through the VLSC is the only way to get Windows 10 Enterprise and keep your Software Assurance benefits like access to e-learning courses. Even if you don't use the Enterprise edition currently, you'll keep your license rights to that edition if you want to upgrade from Pro to Enterprise later on.

2015's Top 10 Products at TechSoup

This post originally appeared on the TechSoup blog. Did your library request any of these products this year? Tell us what you got and how you used it in the comments!

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It's time! You've been waiting all fiscal year to find out what the top 10 TechSoup products are for 2015. Are you on #TeamMicrosoft or #TeamSymantec? Get your final bets in now.

Discover Microsoft's 5 Software Assurance Benefits

This post was originally published on the TechSoup.org blog. At the Innovative Libraries Online Conference, we got a lot of questions about Microsoft's Software Assurance and the Volume Licensing Service Center. We thought calling out some of the top benefits will be useful for other libraries that have received Microsoft donations through TechSoup. 

If your nonprofit or public library received donated Microsoft software through TechSoup, you probably used the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) to get your software. But did you know there are special perks from Microsoft, too?

In case you're not familiar, the VLSC is an online tool for managing Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements, downloading products, and accessing volume license keys. Microsoft includes two years of Software Assurance with all Volume Licensing products it donates through TechSoup.

Software Assurance is a collection of benefits included with Microsoft products requested through TechSoup. Here are five — no, wait, six! — great and unexpected benefits you can take advantage of via this program.

Donated Technology Helps Libraries Save Money and Time

$19 Million Saved with TechSoup for Libraries

Yes, you read that correctly: The donation and discount programs through TechSoup for Libraries saved public libraries a total of $19 million in 2014. That's a lot of e-readers, tech instructors, resume reviewers, new hires, flyers, 3D printers … and so on.

Is Your Library Using TechSoup Products and Resources for Security?

Did you attend our Teaching Internet Safety webinar a few months ago? Have you received donated security software from us? Or perhaps you've used some of our helpful online security resources at your library? Tell us how your library is taking practical steps to keep your staff and patrons safe online for a chance to win a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet! 

Attending Any Conferences This Year? Travel Tech Can Help You Stay Organized on the Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading to ALA Midwinter in a few weeks? Having the right tech can help you stay connected even when you're away from the library.

Outlook.com — The New Hotmail

If you’re one of the 300 million or so people who used Hotmail free webmail, you probably know by now that Hotmail is no more and that you’ve been switched over to Outlook.com.