Success Story: TwentyTwenty

TwentyTwenty is a small charity working across the two counties of Leicestershire and Rutland. Their aim is to help young people develop self-belief, self-worth and motivation, whilst gaining academic qualifications and work skills that will lead to finding and keeping good jobs. The charity is less than a decade old, but is making a substantial on-going impact on the communities it serves. Joanna Burrows is the Community Fundraiser there. “We’re an educational charity that works with the most disadvantaged young people in our region,” she says. “Last year we helped 400  young people to get qualifications, and 90% of those went…
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Windows 10 and the charity sector

Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 will be offered as a free-of-charge upgrade on devices running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows Phone. The free upgrade offer will only be available until 31 July 2016. This approach marks a change of tack for Microsoft, which has always charged for upgrades to their operating systems in the past. This being said, Microsoft has been donating a number of their products to charities around the world, which are accessible to UK-based charities through our own tt-exchange programme. This isn’t just limited to operating systems (although Windows 7 and 8 are included), but also includes Microsoft Office, Windows Servers and more….
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New to tt-exchange: Skype Credit Vouchers (limited time)

— Please note: Skype credit vouchers will only be available through tt-exchange until 11 May 2015 — Eligible organisations in the United Kingdom can now request ten donations of $20 credit vouchers for Microsoft’s Skype. For those unfamiliar with Skype, it provides voice calling, video calling, instant messaging and more, allowing users to communicate with other Skype users and with mobile phones and landlines. How can my organisation benefit? You can use Skype Credit to save your organisation money on domestic and international calls, access the Internet while traveling by connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots and more. See a full list…
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Kitties and 6 Things About Microsoft Office 365, by Tech Impact

Yes, that’s right – Office 365 and kitties! Let’s get started, shall we? 1. Security and redundancy (the good kind) Security is actually better with Office 365 than with an on-premises solution because Microsoft has hundreds of security techs focused on preventing data breaches and security problems. Here’s a cool factoid: every 30 seconds, your data is moved to another server for security and redundancy reasons. Redundancy means having multiple copies of your data stored in various servers and data centres (10+ copies of your data in the case of Office 365). This means if something happens to one server, your data won’t be…
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DIY Installing Office 365 – Are You Ready?

In case you don’t know, Microsoft run a donation programme that helps charities get cheap access to Office 365 software. Most charities can get almost free access to e-mail (Exchange), files (SharePoint & OneDrive) and instant messaging (Lync), all hosted in the cloud. Getting the donation is easy; if you’re based in the UK, all you have to do is download the free trial from Microsoft and then register and sign up for the software on the tt-exchange website. We’ll then check your eligibility on Microsoft’s behalf, and if eligible, you are given a key to access the full software. Unfortunately, moving…
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Microsoft Office: what your organisation should know

The newest version of Microsoft Office is an overall improvement from previous versions, with new features and a refreshed user interface. The productivity suite has also been optimised for touchscreen devices, such as tablets and all-in-one PCs with touch monitors. Eligible charities and housing associations can now request donated Office software through TechSoup (for more information on how tt-exchange’s Microsoft donations work, see our Overview of the Microsoft Donation Program). There are many new features sprinkled across the software within the Office suite. While it would be nearly impossible to list all of the changes, we’ll address those that are most useful to…
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