You can build a computer center with fewer computers. Compared to
typical arrangements, Windows MultiPoint Server (WMS) costs surprisingly
less to adopt and maintain, saves electricity, and gives administrators
group controls. For NGOs with many different missions, it’s helping
people access technology . . . for much less.
Microsoft Office offers a number of new features and benefits over
Office 2010, including direct integration with SkyDrive, new graphics
options, the ability to open and edit PDFs in Word, and to sync across
several devices. This means you can start working on a document on your
desktop and then continue where you left off on another computer,
laptop, or tablet because Office saves your work in the cloud as you go.
If you have received a donation of Microsoft Office through TechSoup
Kenya that included Software Assurance (and it is still current),
you can upgrade to the latest version of Office at no additional cost.
What’s New in Office?
One of the most interesting new features of Office is its integration
with the cloud. Microsoft Office Web Apps let your staff and
volunteers create, edit, and share documents online. For example, you
can add comments to a Word document, and colleagues can respond to them
directly within the document or via email or Skype. Plus: You can start
working on a document on your desktop, then continue right where you
left off on a different computer or tablet.
Windows 8 is unlike any operating system Microsoft has ever released —
and that's a good thing. The bigger, bolder user interface is built for
touchscreen tablets and PCs, as well as traditional desktop and laptop
computers. The new Start screen resembles what you'd find on a
smartphone or tablet with clean font, bright colors, and dynamic images.
But Windows 8 also retains many of the features from Windows 7, so your
staff should have no trouble getting used to the new interface. Looks
aside, Windows 8 also offers some new features that may help your
staff's productivity as well as the performance and longevity of your
If your organisation decides that it's ready to switch to Windows 8 and
has verified that it meets the technical requirements to do so, it is
time to make an upgrade plan. This article will walk you through steps
to take before and during an install.
This article is geared toward the accidental techie who is comfortable
installing software and who has only a handful of computers (fewer than
10) to upgrade. Those looking for tips on virtualized environments,
unattended installs, or network-wide mass deployment can find support on
Microsoft TechNet Windows 8 Technical Library Roadmap.
In March of 2012, Alin, in partnership with SANGOTeCH and TechSoup Global, conducted a
survey of NGO's around the world to better understand the
current state of their IT infrastructure and how they’re adopting cloud
technologies. The survey garnered more than 10,500 respondents in 88
countries. We’re pleased to add this data to our ever-evolving resources
for NGO's, charities, foundations, and those who support
Organisations now have more
flexibility regarding when they can request Microsoft software donations
and in the product donations available. And, to make navigating the
programme easier, we’re introducing the Microsoft Donation Centre, where
eligible organisations can easily track their Microsoft requests, see
the value of donations received to date, and more.
The Techsoup Kenya programme aims to assist NGOs in Kenya by providing
software for very low fees in conjunction with ICT donor partners
(currently Microsoft and ICWFD), as well as by supporting NGOs to make the most of their ICT purchases and infrastructure.
The Techsoup Kenya programme is brought to Kenya by Arid Lands Information Network (Alin) in partnership with SANGONeT and TechSoup Global.