Microsoft creates, delivers and supports Digital Inclusion programmes in the UK. We provide in-kind support to a wide range of organisations to develop IT literacy and skills within local communities. In this way we aim to help people and businesses to realise their full potential.
Through Microsoft Authorised Refurbishers and Get Online at Home, we help to provide people with access to low cost PCs, Windows 7 and Office 2007 licences, enabling under-served communities to get online and stay connected.
The Digital Literacy Curriculum is a free, easy-to-access course that helps people to develop the essential skills they need to use computers with confidence – whether at work or for personal use.
We work with the charities through our Britain Works programme to deliver the Digital Literacy Curriculum into their local communities via a network of learndirect centres, Microsoft IT Academies and local UK online centres. The course is also available online for people who want to self-teach.
In addition to these activities, Microsoft has donated nearly £18m of software to more than 2,500 charities in the UK to date through the Charity Technology Exchange.