Important Microsoft Donation Changes – 1 April 2018

2 Mar 2018 Ian Kelly    Last updated: 5 Mar 2018

As of 1 April 2018 Microsoft will introduce changes to their non-profit donation programme which could possibly affect your IT budget, but it's not all bad news!

For 17 years, Tech Trust (formerly CTX) via the TT-Exchange service along with major names in the technology world have been helping charities keep up to date with the latest products via their discounted and donated licences. Microsoft have been one of their key vendors, offering a wide range of their business and enterprise-class products for a minor admin fee to maintain their service. This admin fee is a mere 4-5% of any fair market value. Tech Trust are also a gateway to Microsoft’s 365 cloud office services and this is the inevitable direction that should be considered for any forward-thinking charity.

We have no current information as to what the new pricing structure will be, but we are sure that for a substantial list of Microsoft titles, they will no longer be donated and will work off a discounted costing. This discount is estimated to be anywhere between 60% - 75% off either retail or FMV (Fair Market Value). It is unfortunate that there has been little notice on these changes and no consultation with the sector to gauge how this will affect some smaller charities, but as of 1 April this new structure will come into force via the tt-exchange website. You can read what Microsoft have to say about the changes here. I would advise to promptly look at your IT upgrading and spend plan for the next couple of years and purchase what you require now. Changes will be made to the limitations imposed on the number of donated titles and licences you can acquire, click here to find out more detail on this.

For example:

Title

Retail

TT-Exchange Admin Fee

60% off Retail

75% off Retail

Office 2016 Professional Plus

£568 (Edu: £140)

£30

£227 (Edu: £56)

£142 (Edu: £35)

Server 2016 Datacentre (16 core licence)

£2400 (Edu: £1200)

£352

£960 (Edu: £480)

£600 (Edu: £300)

Exchange Server 2016 Enterprise (inc 25 user CALs)

£4000 (Edu: £2000)

£307

£1600 (Edu: £800)

£1000 (Edu: £500)

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server

£570 (Edu: 165)

£22

£228 (Edu: £66)

£171 (Edu: £41.25)

*TT-Exchange admin fee includes Software Assurance with all Microsoft titles, allowing you to upgrade to the latest version within the following 2 years of purchase.
Costs shown here are exclusive of vat and are shown here purely for illustrative purposes, these are not indicative of actual prices that will be implemented by either Microsoft or Tech Trust.
Edu (Educational / Academic reduced rates)

Microsoft Titles – Donation Programme

Access
Dynamics 365 for Customer Service User CAL
Dynamics 365 for Sales User CAL
Dynamics 365 for Team Member User CAL
Exchange Server Standard Edition
Exchange Server User CAL - Standard
Office for Mac
Office standard
Project
SharePoint Server
SharePoint Server Standard Edition Device CAL
SharePoint Server Standard Edition User CAL
SQL Server Device CAL
SQL Server Standard Edition (Server / CAL)
SQL Server User CAL
Visio standard
Visual Studio Professional with MSDN
Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN
Windows Operating System Upgrade
Windows Pro Full Operating System - Get Genuine
Windows Server Device CAL
Windows Server Essentials
Windows Server Standard Edition
Windows Server User CAL

Microsoft Titles – New 'Discounted' scheme

BizTalk Server Standard Edition
Core Device CAL Suite
Core User CAL Suite
Dynamics 365 for Customer Service Device CAL
Dynamics 365 for Sales Device CAL
Dynamics 365 for Team Members Device CAL
Exchange Server Device CAL - Enterprise
Exchange Server Device CAL Suite
Exchange Server Device CAL - Standard
Exchange Server Enterprise Edition
Exchange Server User CAL - Enterprise
Exchange Server User CAL Suite
Lync for Mac
Office Professional Plus
Outlook
Outlook for Mac
PowerPoint
PowerPoint for Mac
Project Professional
Project Server
Project Server Device CAL
Project Server User CAL
Publisher
SharePoint Server Device CAL Suite
SharePoint Server Enterprise Edition Device CAL
SharePoint Server Enterprise Edition User CAL
SharePoint Server User CAL Suite
Skype for Business
Skype for Business Server
Skype for Business Server Device CAL - Enterprise
Skype for Business Server Device CAL - Plus
Skype for Business Server Device CAL - Standard
Skype for Business Server Device CAL Suite
Skype for Business Server User CAL - Enterprise
Skype for Business Server User CAL - Plus
Skype for Business Server User CAL - Standard
Skype for Business Server User CAL Suite
SQL Server Enterprise Edition (Core Based)
SQL Server Standard Edition (Core Based)
System Center Configuration Manager OSE Client Management License
System Center Configuration Manager User Client Management License
System Center Data Protection Manager Device Client Management License
System Center Data Protection Manager User Client Management License
System Center Datacenter
System Center Operations Manager Device Client Management License
System Center Operations Manager User Client Management License
System Center Orchestrator Device Client Management License
System Center Orchestrator User Client Management License
System Center Service Manager Device Client Management License
System Center Service Manager User Client Management License
System Center Standard
Visio Professional
Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Device CAL
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server User CAL
Windows Remote Desktop Services Device CAL
Windows Remote Desktop Services External Connector License
Windows Remote Desktop Services User CAL
Windows Server Datacenter Edition
Windows Server External Connector License

 

 

Since Tech Trust began, charities in Northern Ireland have saved a massive £6.18m on software via the donation programme, £5.69m of that has been from Microsoft products alone. Microsoft has donated over a $1bn each year in cash and services to non-profit organisations worldwide and in September 2017, the company launched Tech for Social Impact (TSI), aimed at making technology accessible and affordable for charities. In 2016 Microsoft donated $465m to 71,000 non-profit organisations worldwide and well on their way to their commitment of $1bn per year in cloud services for non-profits and researchers to support the public good. Other changes for their cloud services are on the horizon with Microsoft 365 for Nonprofits, “a complete, intelligent solution, including Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, that will empower nonprofits to be more creative and collaborate more easily,” and 10 percent discounts on Surface Books and Surface Pros.

The cloud offering from Microsoft currently includes free and unrestricted access to the Office365 E1 plan which includes Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype for Business, and Microsoft Teams. OneDrive storage of 1TB per user, 50GB mailbox per user, 99.9% financially backed SLA, telephone support, world-class data security. Microsoft also offer $5000 of Azure credit per year to qualifying charities opening up a new world of enterprise-level products and services and making them relatively easy to use.

There has always been a stigma and fear surrounding cloud storage for data or services, but increasing pressure on providers to adhere to the strictest of security standards mean that your data is much more secure in their hands, than in your own premises. The auditing, version control and alerting abilities within the Office 365 systems will ensure that your organisation will be in turn, adhering to high data quality control standards, which with the impending GDPR introduction will mean that you are well on the way to implementing tight controls, if configured correctly.

For more information, please contact Tech Trust on 0207 324 3380 or email [email protected]
Alternatively contact me at [email protected]

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by Ian Kelly

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