This story, by Jane Meseck, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft, was first posted 5 November on Microsoft’s Corporate Citizenship Blog.

Today, we’re excited to announce the availability of Windows 8.1 for nonprofits.

Thanks to many of you, we received a tremendous response from the nonprofit community around the world with the launch Windows 8. Windows 8.1 is an evolution of the Windows 8 vision, bringing together powerful productivity apps and a range of ways to ensure your team can reach the resources they need from any device or location.

Now is a great time to make the move to Windows 8.1. Eligible nonprofit organizations and public libraries can request Windows 8.1 through Microsoft’s software donation program. Get started today.

Windows 8.1 introduces a fully customizable Start screen, new search experience, upgraded app store and improved multi-tasking features.

Windows brings together everything you do – wherever you are, wherever you go.


If you’re ready to get started with Windows 8.1, here are a few steps you can take to learn more: 

  1. Request Windows 8.1 for your nonprofit. Or, if you’re already on Windows 8, you can simply upgrade your PCs to Windows 8.1 through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
  2. Register for the Windows 8.1 webinar on Thursday, November 14, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time, hosted by TechSoup. Todd Rutherford, senior product marketing manager–Windows Consumer, Microsoft, will provide a demo of Windows 8.1.
  3. Tell your favorite nonprofit about Microsoft’s software donation programme and encourage them to visit www.Microsoft.com/nonprofit