As I have written in the past Microsoft makes a huge amount of software and services available to nonprofits through their Corporate Citizenship efforts. The most recent service added to the list of items nonprofits can receive for free was Office 365 web hosted Exchange based email accounts, SkyDrive storage and of course the web based Office Apps.

I have helped three local nonprofits gain access to those services and the process to be validated and get them is very simple.

Yesterday Microsoft added their latest OS update, Windows 8.1, to the offerings that nonprofits may receive.

Over at the Microsoft Corporate Citizenship blog Jane Meseck, the Director of Corporate Citizenship for Microsoft, announced this new addition:

Today, we’re excited to announce the availability of Windows 8.1 for nonprofits. Thanks to many of you, we received a tremendous response from the nonprofit community around the world with the launch Windows 8. Windows 8.1 is an evolution of the Windows 8 vision, bringing together powerful productivity apps and a range of ways to ensure your team can reach the resources they need from any device or location. Now is a great time to make the move to Windows 8.1. Eligible nonprofit organizations and public libraries can request Windows 8.1 through Microsoft’s software donation program.

You can request Windows 8.1 for your nonprofit or if you are already on Windows 8 then the upgrade is available through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).

If you want to explore Windows 8.1 a little more than you can register for the Windows 8.1 webinar that happens next week on the 14th of November at 11:00 AM (Pacific Time).

Of course, if you know of a nonprofit that might benefit from any of Microsoft nonprofit donations then share the word with them so they can take advantage of these great services and software.