What are the changes in a nutshell?
Microsoft is taking some premium on-premise products from the donation program and putting them in a new discount program.
The changes apply to products such as:
- Microsoft Office Professional Plus
- System Centre
- Windows Remote Desktop CALs
- Windows Server Datacenter
- Skype for Business and more.
These products will still be available, but as discounted products, instead of donated products.
When will these products be available?
These products are now available! Click here to go to the landing page.
Will the eligibility requirements change?
No. All the same eligibility requirements apply - so if you are already qualified for Microsoft, you will be able to purchase products from the new discounted product range.
Do I need to do anything to access the new discounted products?
YES. If you haven't already, you will need to sign up to the Nonprofit Portal at https://nonprofit.microsoft.com/en-us/getting-started and get validated. Once validated, you will need to send us your eligibility certificate through the Microsoft portal.
This sounds complicated, but it's not! The Microsoft portal is set up to make it simple.
In fact, if you've already registered for O365, half the job is done already. You just need to log into the portal and send us your eligibility certificate.
More detailed instructions can be found here.
What is the eligibility certificate?
It's just an email that Microsoft sends us confirming we are allowed to give you access to their discounted products. You don't need to print a physical certificate, and you don't need to download it and email it to us yourself.
How do I send you the eligibility certificate?
To place an order for the Microsoft Discount Program you will need to send us a Microsoft Eligibility Email Certificate first.
To send us your certificate, follow these steps:
If you already have a Microsoft Nonprofit Portal click on this link https://nonprofit.microsoft.com/en-us/getting-started and sign in with your Office 365 Global administrator account.
If you don’t have an account, go to https://nonprofit.microsoft.com/en-us/getting-started and register for the Nonprofit Portal by clicking on Get Started and then Register. Once you've got your approval sign in as above. Next steps:
- Under the "Offers" heading, click on "On-premises software licenses"
- Click on Send to partner under Software Discounts.
- Enter the Company name and Contact name as - Connecting Up
- Enter the Contact email address – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Click on Send to partner
That's it! You will see a confirmation that the email has been sent to us. Once we've received and recorded this in our system, we will send you an email confirming your access to the Microsoft discount program.
I have more questions. Who can I contact?
Don't hesitate to contact our Customer Support team by phone or email if you have further questions.