Many people don't know they are eligible for complimentary Microsoft software and services. You can help spread the word to ensure that people in your community are making the best of what's available to them.
Microsoft and many other suppliers offer technology donations through TechSoup. Microsoft has donated more than $19,000,000 worth of technology to NZ nonprofits through this programme.
Microsoft's BizSpark programme provides complimentary software, cloud services and access to a community of partners around the world who are involved in supporting software-fuelled innovation and the next generation of technology entrepreneurs.
For home users and small businesses, Microsoft Security Essentials is a complimentary download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and is automatically updated to protect Windows PCs with the latest anti-malware technology.
Māori language packs
Complimentary Māori language packs are available for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office are available to translate commonly-used features, giving people the choice to use the technology in a language that is familiar.
Microsoft offers a number of services free of charge to help people live and work a little smarter. Here’s a quick overview of technology to make life a little simpler and more fun. More than a million Kiwis use at least one of these services, and you'll probably find something that's useful for you and your community.
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Microsoft New Zealand will be hosting a Connecting Communities forum targeting the nonprofit and charity sector with the focus on technology.The free forum is being held at Microsoft offices in Auckland on November 9th 2010.Technology plays an important role for nonprofits, charities and community organisations across Australia. This forum will bring together business and NGO leaders to discuss topics such as customer relationship management (CRM), Cloud Computing, Social Media strategy, and ICT (Information and communication technologies) Proficiency. There will also be demos and useful tips for using a range of Microsoft products such as: Live services, Windows 7, and Office 2010.Microsoft Community Affairs administers all of Microsoft's community investment programs. Founded in 1983, Microsoft Community Affairs was one of the first corporate community investment programs in the high-tech industry. Today, Microsoft is the largest contributor in the industry.Last year, Microsoft New Zealand donated more than $4 million worth of software to 460 charities and nonprofits.For further information about the forum contact Belinda Gorman, Community Affairs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org