Microsoft now offers the entry-level, E1 plan of its Cloud-based, Office 365 service free to qualifying nonprofits.
The Office 365 E1 plan includes Exchange Online (email, contacts, calendar, tasks), SharePoint Online (collaboration) and Lync Online (text and video conferencing). To see our overview of Microsoft’s Office 365, visit Bryley Office 365 Presentation 4-24-2013.pdf.
The process to determine if your organization qualifies for this free service:
- Sign-up for a free, 25-user trial of the Microsoft Office 365 E3 plan*
- Fill-out the account information (name, organization, address)
- Create a user ID (and agree to the Terms and Conditions)
Once the application is completed and the free-trial accepted, Microsoft will notify your organization if it qualifies as a non-profit.
*Note: The E3 plan includes all of the features of the E1 plan plus the latest version of Microsoft Office desktop suite and other items. It is not free, but is deeply discounted to qualifying non-profits. Upon qualification, you may convert some or all of your users to the free, E1 plan.
Here is the site for Office 365 Enterprise E3 Nonprofits Trial.