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  • Donations of Windows 8 Are Now Available Through SANGOTeCH!

    Windows 8 is here!

    Eligible organisations can now request donated upgrades of Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise editions through the Microsoft Software Donation Programme at SANGOTeCH.

    With a new mobile-friendly design that includes sleek tiles in the place of conventional icons, Windows 8 features an innovative update to the traditional Windows environment. It keeps some aspects of what we are all used to from Windows XP and Windows 7. But it drops the 'Start' button in favour of a new, app-integrated look and easier syncing with cloud-based services. There are also numerous improvements 'under the hood', such as a smaller memory footprint, faster performance than Windows 7, and reduced disk-space requirements.

    If you have received a donation of a Windows operating system through SANGOTeCH that included Software Assurance (and it is still current), you can upgrade to Windows 8 at no additional cost.

    Easily See What You Can Request

    To help you manage your Microsoft donations, we have created the Microsoft Donation Centre. Organisations can easily track what donations they have received so far, what remains of their software allotment, when their cycle resets, and the value of their Microsoft software donations to date. To access the Donation Centre, log into your SANGOTeCH account.

    SANGOTeCH has also published two resources which will assist your organisation to decide whether it should upgrade to Windows 8, as well as how to upgrade to Windows 8.

    Click here to learn more about SANGOTeCH and Microsoft's latest Windows 8 release.

    Also view the product catalogue for other technology products available at SANGOTeCH.

    SANGOTeCH Support
    Web: www.sangotech.org
    Email: support@sangotech.org
    Tel: 086 110 6443
    Fax: 086 685 9191
  • Microsoft Broadens Global Software Donation Program to Reach More Nonprofits and Communities

    Updated program expands eligibility and access to technology.

    REDMOND, Wash., Microsoft Corp. today announced updates to its software donation program that make it easier for nonprofit organizations to get access to affordable technology. The program, which has already provided more than $3.9 billion worth of software to nonprofits around the world since 1998, is being expanded to enable more nonprofit organizations to request software donations when they need them at any point in the year.

    The updates to the Microsoft Software Donation program, which is currently available in more than 100 countries around the world, include the following:
    • The number of different Microsoft software products that can be requested has been expanded from six to 10 to allow nonprofits to get the software they need, such as Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010.
    • Three new categories of nonprofit organizations are now eligible for software donations, including medical research organizations, private foundations, and amateur sports and recreational organizations.
    • The donations program includes a new Get Genuine offering so nonprofits can ensure their existing computers are running genuine versions of Microsoft operating systems to help keep their software up-to-date and security-enhanced.
    • Nonprofits can now request a software donation from Microsoft through the TechSoup Global Network whenever they need it instead of the previous limit of only one request per year.
    • Nonprofit organizations ordering their donations through the TechSoup Global Network can now easily get key donations details in one place with the Microsoft Donations Center, a new website where organizations can review their donation history and identify products their organizations can request.
    “Making technology more accessible enables nonprofits to increase their productivity, reach more people and deliver new, improved services that directly help local communities,” said Akhtar Badshah, senior director of global community affairs at Microsoft. “Although we already help a sizable number of nonprofits, we want to help more, and the changes we’re announcing today are designed to make the program more relevant and accessible to a larger number of nonprofits, which will in turn have a positive impact in local communities around the world.”

    Microsoft works closely with the nonprofit organization TechSoup Global and its global network to operate the software donation program in 35 countries: Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. TechSoup Global charges a small administrative fee, which funds the program to help nonprofits not only get the software they need, but also the support and expertise they need to make the best use of the technology. More information is available at http://www.techsoupglobal.org.

    “Every day we see how technology is helping nonprofits to operate more effectively and ultimately do their best work,” said Rebecca Masisak, co-CEO of TechSoup Global. “The updates to the Microsoft Software Donation Program provide nonprofits increased flexibility in requesting software, which we believe will greatly benefit many nonprofits in the TechSoup Global community that rely on a range of Microsoft products to run their organizations effectively.”

    More Information

    Nonprofits can find out more information on the software donations program and how to submit requests from Microsoft by visiting http://www.microsoft.com/nonprofit.

    The latest news and information on Microsoft Corporate Citizenship programs is available at the following links:
    Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

    To view other NGO press releases, refer to www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/pressreleases.

    Date published: 
    27/07/2011
    Organisation: 
    Microsoft
  • Microsoft "ICTs for NGOs" Day - East London

    Microsoft and SANGONeT will be hosting a one-day "ICTs for NGOs" event on Thursday, 12 May 2011 (09h00-13h00), at the Premier Hotel Regent in East London.

    Participants will have the opportunity to highlight and discuss the ICT challenges and opportunities facing NGOs, and learn about new ICT applications and solutions available from Micorosoft.

    As part of the programme, SANGONeT will highlight new technology offerings available to NGOs through SANGOTeCH.

    Refer to the programme for the event listed below.

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn how ICTs can be used more strategically in your NGO.

    Participation is free of charge.

    To register and confirm your participation, please forward your name, designation, organisation and e-mail address to Botswang Kgeledi at SANGONeT on botswang@sangonet.org.za by Wednesday, 11 May 2011.

    For a map and directions to the venue, click here.

    Programme:
    TimeTopic   Presenter
    08:30 - 09:00 Registration and Networking  
    09:00 - 09:10 Welcome and Introduction David Barnard, SANGONeT
    09:10 - 09:30 Overview of Citizenship and the Importance of NGOs and Public Institutions  Themba Mdlalose, Microsoft
    09:30 - 09:45 SANGOTeCH - Providing NGOs with Technology Botswang Kgeledi, SANGONeT
    09:45 - 10:10 Use of Mobile Technology for Social Change  Matthew de Gale, SANGONeT
    10:10 - 10:30 Cloud Computing  
    10:30 - 11:00 Serenic End-toEnd NGO Solution  Grant van der Westhuizen, Serenic
    11:00 - 11:20 ICT4D Case Study  Mymie Vos, NBI
    11:20 - 12:00 ICTs and NGOs - What are rhe Challenges and Opportunities Going Forward  
    12:00 - 12:15
     
    Evaluation and Closure
     
    David Barnard, SANGONeT & Themba Mdlalose, Microsoft
    12:15 - 13:00 Lunch and Networking  

    Event start date: 
    12/05/2011
    Event end date: 
    12/05/2011
    Event venue: 
    Premier Hotel Regent, 22 Esplanade, Beachfront, East London
    Event type: 
    Seminar
  • Microsoft "ICTs for NGOs" Day - Durban

    Microsoft and SANGONeT will be hosting a one-day "ICTs for NGOs" event on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 (09h00-13h00), at the Diakonia Centre in Durban.

    Participants will have the opportunity to highlight and discuss the ICT challenges and opportunities facing NGOs, and learn about new ICT applications and solutions available from Micorosoft.

    As part of the programme, SANGONeT will highlight new technology offerings available to NGOs through SANGOTeCH.

    Refer to the programme for the event listed below.

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn how ICTs can be used more strategically in your NGO.

    Participation is free of charge.

    To register and confirm your participation, please forward your name, designation, organisation and e-mail address to Botswang Kgeledi at SANGONeT on Tel: 011 403 4935 or botswang@sangonet.org.za by Monday, 9 May 2011.

    Programme:

    TimeTopic

     

    Presenter

    08:30 - 09:00

    Registration and Networking

     

    09:00 - 09:10

    Welcome and Introduction

    David Barnard, SANGONeT

    09:10 - 09:30

    Overview of Citizenship and the Importance of NGOs and Public Institutions

     Themba Mdlalose, Microsoft

    09:30 - 09:45

    SANGOTeCH - Providing NGOs with Technology

    Botswang Kgeledi, SANGONeT

    09:45 - 10:10

    Use of Mobile Technology for Social Change

     Andi Friedman, Mobile Researcher

    10:10 - 10:30

    Cloud Computing

     

    10:30 - 11:00

    Serenic End-toEnd NGO Solution

     Grant van der Westhuizen, Serenic

    11:00 - 11:20

    ICT4D Case Study 

     Mymie Vos, NBI

    11:20 - 12:00

    ICTs and NGOs - What are rhe Challenges and Opportunities Going Forward

     

    12:00 - 12:15

     

    Evaluation and Closure

     

    David Barnard, SANGONeT & Themba Mdlalose, Microsoft

    12:15 - 13:00

    Lunch and Networking

     

    Event start date: 
    10/05/2011
    Event end date: 
    10/05/2011
    Event venue: 
    Diakonia Centre, 20 Diakonia Avenue, Durban
    Event type: 
    Seminar
  • Serenic Navigator: Empowering Financial Management in the NGO Sector

    Empower your NGO mission with Serenic Software's financial management solution.

    Join SANGONeT, AdvanceNet and Serenic on 5 May 2011 to find out why Serenic Navigator, certified for Dynamics NAV 2009, is the leading financial management solution for NGOs and non-profits.

    You and your colleagues are invited to attend this free seminar with breakfast included.

    This seminar and product demonstration will cover:
    • Fund accounting;
    • Grant management;
    • Project accounting;
    • Budgeting and reporting;
    • Serenic Navigator client case study.
    And much more...

    Date: Thursday, 5 May 2011
    Time: 09h00 - 12h00
    Venue: AdvanceNet, St Peters Square, Waterford Place, Off Witkoppen Road, Paulshof, Johannesburg
    GPS co-ordinates: S 26°02'02,06" E 28°02'10,50"

    To attend, click here or register your interest at info@advancenet.co.za.

    About Serenic:

    Serenic develops, markets and supports mission-critical financial management and business operations software for nonprofits, international NGOs and the public sector. In addition, Serenic is the exclusive developer of the human resources and payroll products for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

    For more about Serenic, refer to www.serenic.com.

    For more about AdavanceNet Group (Pty) Ltd, refer to www.advancenet.co.za.

    Enquiries about the event:

    Botswang Kgeledi
    SANGONeT
    Tel: 011 403 4935
    E-mail: botswang@sangonet.org.za
    www.sangotech.org / www.sangonet.org.za


    Event start date: 
    05/05/2011
    Event end date: 
    05/05/2011
    Event venue: 
    AdvanceNet, St Peters Square, Waterford Place, Off Witkoppen Road, Paulshof, Johannesburg
    Event type: 
    Seminar
  • Participation Required: Academic Study Into Open-Source Software Usage by South African NGOs

    http://blogs.alfresco.com/wp/enterprise/files/2009/12/tech-300x295.pnghttp://lunduke.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/tux-g2-huh.pngI am a student and fellow civil-society employee working towards my Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Information Systems at the University of Cape Town (UCT). I am working on a research assignment as part of these studies. This blog is intended to inform and request your participation in this research as it will allow me to gain an understanding of the experiences of South African NGOs in terms of software selection and use. As incentive I have a R250 Kalahari.net gift voucher that will go to one lucky survey participant.

    I kindly request you to participate in this research by completing the survey questionnaire found here: SURVEY LINK. Your input is very important and will remain anonymous. If you know of a partner NGO that may be willing to participate, please forward them this link. My research purpose is to understand the selection and use of software by South African NGOs (with a focus on open source software adoption). As previously mentioned your participation will remain completely anonymous and the hope is that a national view of software selection by the NGO sector will be possible.

    The collective findings of this study will be captured in a report that will be presented to the University of Cape Town for academic purposes. The findings may also be published in an academic journal or presented at a conference if the information is deemed of academic value.

    Completing the questionnaire should take no longer than 20 minutes.

    http://www.commerce.uct.ac.za/Services/SelectSurveyASP/TakeSurvey.asp?Su...

    Important: You do not have to complete the survey questionnaire. Participation is voluntary. However, by participating you will be eligible for a R250 Kalahari.net gift voucher or gift of the equivalent amount. One participant will be contacted and will receive this gift.

    For more information please contact the following:

    Gregory Rowles greg.rowes@gmail.com (Researcher)

    Prof. JP Van Belle Jean-paul.VanBelle@uct.ac.za (Research Supervisor)

     

  • Google 'Getting Rid of Windows' – Newspaper Report

    Google is reported to be getting rid of desktop PCs running Microsoft Windows across the corporation to eliminate a security risk.

    The Financial Times reports that Google, which has more than 10 000 staff worldwide, is now offering new recruits the choice of using computers running the free Linux operating system or Apple Macintosh computers.

    The shift away from Windows is claimed to have begun in January, after Google realised that the operating system had been part of a chain of weaknesses that allowed a damaging attack against some of its core systems by Chinese hackers in December.

    To read the article titled, “Google 'getting rid of Windows',” click here .
    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
    Article link: 
  • US$50m Lost to Software Piracy in 2009 – Report

    Software piracy cost technology companies more than US$50 billion around the world last year, with Asia accounting for the largest share of losses, according to an industry report.

    Global losses due to software piracy reached US$51.4-billion in 2009, with $16,5-billion of this in the Asia-Pacific region.

    The report found that despite some successes in the fight to protect intellectual property rights, 43 percent of software used in computers worldwide in 2009 was pirated, compared with 41 percent the year before.

    To read the article titled, “More than $50bn lost to software piracy, study shows,” click here.
    Source: 
    Mail&Guardian
  • Microsoft’s Emergency Patch for Explorer

    Microsoft will release an emergency patch for a weakness hackers are exploiting in earlier versions of its Internet Explorer (IE) web browser software.

    The company, which urges customers to install the update as soon as it is available, points out that, "We have been monitoring this issue and have determined an out-of-band release is needed to protect customers."

    The warning came less than two months after Microsoft released a patch for an IE 6 software hole through which China-based cyber spies attacked Google and other firms.

    To read the article titled, “Emergency patch for IE hole,” click here.
    Source: 
    News24
  • OpenOffice Translated into Local Languages

    In celebration of Human Rights Day, Translate.org.za, a NGO focused on the localisation, or translation, of Open Source software into South Africa's 11 official languages, has released the OpenOffice software in a range of local languages.

    Translate.org.za managing director, Dwayne Bailey, says the release of the software was intentionally timed to coincide with Human Rights Day.

    Bailey points out that, "Being able to use software in your mother tongue is a key human right. The world of software is dominated by the English language and by having software in languages that users are comfortable with removes at least one barrier that makes technology inaccessible to all South Africans."

    To read the article titled, “Local is lekker with new OpenOffice software,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL Technology
    Article link: 
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