Microsoft is launching a program allowing nonprofits worldwide to use its Office 365 for free or at discounted rates.
The initiative, part of Microsoft’s larger software donation program, is being offered in 41 countries today, with the number going up to about 90 countries by next July.
There are several packages being offered as part of the Office 365 for Nonprofits program:
- The Enterprise E1 package can be used by nonprofits for free but its employees will have to use Office web apps — not desktop. The package also includes Exchange Online, SharePoint and other features. Also being offered at discounted rates are Exchange Online Archiving and ProPlus.
- The Enterprise E3 package is being offered to nonprofits at a discount: $4.50 per person per month versus $20 per person per month at the non-discounted rate.
- Office 365 Small Business and Office 365 Small Business Premium will also be available for free or at a discount, respectively, soon. Small nonprofits with under 25 employees, though, can sign up for the enterprise packages now if they prefer.
More information on the program is here.
Information in this blog post, originally published Sept. 10, 2013, was corrected later that day. A previous version of this post incorrectly grouped the discounted rates for Exchange Online Archiving and ProPlus with the Enterprise E3 package. They belong with the Enterprise E1 package.