Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows 8.1 for nonprofits. The move is an extension of the company’s nod to the nonprofit community with the launch Windows 8.

The announcement means eligible nonprofit organizations and public libraries can request Windows 8.1 through Microsoft’s software donation program. Microsoft is asking the community to do the following:

  1. Request Windows 8.1 for your nonprofit. Or, if you’re already on Windows 8, you can simply upgrade your PCs to Windows 8.1 through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
  2. Register for the Windows 8.1 webinar on Thursday, November 14, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time, hosted by TechSoup. Todd Rutherford, senior product marketing manager–Windows Consumer, Microsoft, will provide a demo of Windows 8.1.
  3. Tell your favorite nonprofit about Microsoft’s software donation program and encourage them to visit www.Microsoft.com/nonprofit.

The first step takes a bit of effort. You’ll need to connect with your local TechSoup program and set up an account: US only or international. If there is no TechSoup Global partner in your country, you’ll have to contact your local Microsoft Corporate Citizenship Office for more information and specifically requesting a software donation.

According to Microsoft’s Grant Benefits and Support page, software donations from the company feature several benefits for a period of two years. Here’s the list:

New Product Versions (License Upgrades), Windows 8 Enterprise, License Mobility, Windows Virtual Desktop Access, Windows RT Companion VDA Rights, Windows To Go Use Rights, Windows Roaming Use Rights, Windows Thin PC, Office Roaming Use Rights, TechNet Benefits, Office Multi-Language Packs, Microsoft E-Learning Courses, Home Use Program, Cold Backups for Disaster Recovery.

Extended Hotfix Support and 24×7 Problem Resolution Support are not included, but this is definitely still a deal nonprofits should take advantage of.

See also – Windows 8 drops to 7.53% market share, falling for the first time as Windows 8.1 takes 1.72% share and Microsoft Windows 8.1 review: A more customizable, coherent experience with a nod to desktop diehards

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