Software donation programme

Microsoft has announced changes to its worldwide software donation programme for non-profit organisations. From 1st April 2018, ‘Premium’ versions of some of its on-premises products will be moving to a discounted pricing model instead of the current donation offer.

Microsoft’s on-premises products encompass any that are stored locally, including Microsoft Office, SQL Server and Skype for Business Server.

While ‘Standard’ versions of these on-premises products will continue to be available to eligible charities and libraries as donations through Tech Trust’s tt-exchange programme, ‘Premium’ versions of these products will transition to the new, discounted model.

Microsoft has stated that the discounted products will be available to charities under the current eligibility criteria in place for their donation programme, and will constitute a 75% reduction from commercial pricing in most cases, or 60% off for Enterprise-class products.

Tech Trust, which has been Microsoft’s exclusive partner in serving donations to UK charities since 2006, will continue to provide Microsoft donations while also supplying the newly discounted products, allowing charities to easily access a mix of discounted and donated products.

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