In September 2013 - Microsoft announced that Office 365 is now available at no cost (as a donation) to qualifying non profit organisations.
To apply for Office 365 for your organisation, you first need to register for a free trial
You'll notice this trial is acutally for the Enterprise E3 for Nonprofits, but signing up for this starts the process of receiving the Office 365 Enterprise E1 for non profits package as a donation.
There is a useful comparison table for further information about the various packages to help you find out which one is right for you.
And to find out if you're eligible you can check the criteria.
Superhighways has already supported a number of organisations migrate to Office 365.
We have recommended a phased approach, first migrating emails and then only data once an archive / deletion process has been undertaken (see our guidance on this) and we are sure the broadband connection is adequate.
And we have ourselves switched to Office 365 and the benefits have been:
- Remote access to everyone's calendars (handy when out and about to allocate & schedule jobs across the team and not possible via our existing Outlook Web Access set up)
- All our documents in one place - we no longer need to use an array of personal Dropbox accounts
- Better able to share relevant documents with freelance contractors
- Use of Lync for enhanced communication options - instant messaging, voice / video meetings and sharing desktops (for which we've used Skype in the past)
Get in touch if you would like some advice or support if you are considering moving to Office 365 yourself.