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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.

A Guide to Windows 8 Resources

With its bright and bold look, Windows 8 is a big departure from previous versions of Windows. The modern interface along with plenty of new features and performance boosts make this one of the most exciting Microsoft releases to date. But because Windows 8 is such a big departure from previous versions of Windows, it might require a bit of a learning curve.

One More Chance to Get Microsoft Donation Program Questions Answered!

On Thursday, August 4, I had the pleasure of assisting in the webinar, Microsoft Donation Program: How Does It Work? With nearly 300 attendees, we had a tremendous response to this webinar, and I wanted to take a moment to thank Meg Creelman and Kami Griffiths, who did a wonderful job presenting the information, as well as Brian Calvert and Cameron Jones, who assisted on the chat. Thanks everyone, for making this such a helpful event!

August Webinars: Microsoft Donation Program and Free Windows 7 Curriculum

This month we have three FREE webinars scheduled.

TechSoup's Microsoft Donation Program has been updated and nowit is easier than ever for you to get the software you need, when you need it. We are holding two webinars to provide you with further information on the updates and to help answer questions you may have. To read more about these updates, take a look at this recent blog post. We also have a webinar that will introduce the My PC Series, which includes a free set of workshops and computer class materials designed for adult learners learning basic computer and digital photography skills.

Good News! Updates to the Microsoft Software Donation Program

The Microsoft Software Donation Program for public libraries and nonprofits is one of TechSoup's most popular resources. Since 1998, Microsoft has donated more than $3.9 billion worth of software to libraries and nonprofit organizations in more than 100 countries worldwide. And starting today, Microsoft is updating its software donations program to make it even easier for your library to get the Microsoft products you need, when you need them!

Save the Date for Windows 7 on October 22

While looking for anything to watch other than Tom Delay shake his bum on Dancing with the Stars the other night, I came across one of the new commercials from Microsoft about their upcoming release of the Windows 7 operating system. The commercial featured the cutest little spokesperson you've ever seen.