Microsoft announced today that it will be offering Office 365 for free to qualifying non-profits. The program is available in 41 countries now and will soon expand to 90 countries. You can read about it here and here.
For CGNET and many of its non-profit Office 365 customers, this isn’t really news. We’ve been qualifying organizations and getting them started with Office 365 at these reduced prices for some time now. What is new is that Microsoft has “pulled back the covers” on their non-profit pricing program. With this program eligible organizations can sign up for either of two Office 365 plans:
- The “E1” plan for $0 per user per month
- The “E3” plan for $4.50 per user per month
The plans are similar, with the main difference being that the E3 plan includes licenses for download of Office 2013 software for Windows, or Office:Mac 2011 software for Mac OS.
Using “the cloud” for providing email, document sharing, instant messaging and collaboration services just makes sense, especially for non-profits. These organizations have to closely watch their expenses, so any opportunity to save is worth investigating. Further, these organizations sometimes lack dedicated IT support. This is where a cloud-based solution and a partner like CGNET can really make a difference.
If you want to find out more about obtaining Office 365 at non-profit pricing, be sure to fill out the inquiry card so we can get you all the juicy details!