“Microsoft” and “Metamorphosis”: Free “Office 365” for NGOs


NGO sector for the first time has the opportunity to get free access to “Microsoft Office 365” on “Microsoft” day dedicated to the civil sector. Workshop and debate “Initiate changes with Microsoft Office 365 and cloud technology” organized by Foundation for Internet and Society “Metamorphosis” with the support of “Microsoft Macedonia”.

At the event, representatives of civil society were enabled to learn more about opportunities to get software donations from “Microsoft Cybergrants” program.

– “Microsoft” has long recognized the role and importance of NGO sector for progress and development of society and putting technology and IT software and equipment available to NGOs, it is trying to help NGOs in carrying out their important social missions. This year’s novelty is that the platform “Office 365” for cooperation and communication has become available for civil society in Macedonia. We hope that this will contribute to increase the productivity and effectiveness of NGOs – says Stefan Plavjanski, General Manager of “Microsoft Macedonia”.

“TechSoup Balkan” program, through which civil organizations have the opportunity to purchase software from different companies, was also presented at the event.

– The purpose of “Metamorphosis” is to help NGOs increase their capacity. We do this through ongoing activities in the form of trainings, and we also have this dimension of enabling access to software in our work. We have promoted free software in the past, but in situations where manufacturers of proprietary software are ready to help society, we cooperate with them. The best example of this is our collaboration with “Microsoft”. By enabling software donations, new opportunities are opening up for NGOs which want to use this software, particularly through “TechSoup Balkan” – said Filip Stojanovski, Program Director of “Metamorphosis” Foundation.

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