Microsoft Expands Software Donation Program

Software giant Microsoft has expanded its Microsoft Software Donation program to make it easier for non-profit organisations to get hold technology at affordable prices.

The company already offers the program to 40,000 non-profit organisations each year and has donated software worth $3.9 billion since 1998.

The software donation program, which is available in 100 countries around the world, has been expanded to facilitate positive and social economic development, the company said.

The Windows maker has expand the number of software that can be requested under the software donation program from six to ten, bringing access to new software like Windows 7, Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010.

The company has also added three categories of non-profit organisations that are eligible for the program, including medical research organisations, private foundations, and amateur sports and recreational organisation.

"Making technology more accessible enables non-profits to increase their productivity, reach more people and deliver new, improved services that directly help local communities," said Akhtar Badshah, senior director of global community affairs at Microsoft.

"Although we already help a sizable number of non-profits, we want to help more, and the changes we're announcing today are designed to make the program more relevant and accessible to a larger number of non-profits, which will in turn have a positive impact in local communities around the world." he added.