NPTech News: 2013 Year in Review
The NPTech News for 2013 in review features the tech story that just wouldn’t go away, and probably won’t in 2014. It’s the NSA spying scandal with its deepening info about how little digital privacy we really have. Mobile devices and their integration with social media hve had the biggest impact on NPTech. Also free Office 365 for Nonprofits launched along with three big digital inclusion initiatives. Find an expanded version of this post at the TechSoup blog.
PC Sales Declined and Mobile Sales Increased
It’s not your imagination. Mobile devices are overtaking IT. Tablet sales went up 53% in 2013 while computer sales went down 11% from the previous year. The numbers offer a different picture though. Over 300 million PCs were sold worldwide while 184 million tablets were sold. In other words, PCs aren’t going away, but mobile devices are really moving in to the nonprofit workplace. In terms of BYOD (bring your own device) strategy the biggest headache is what to do when phones and tablets get lost or stolen. This past year Google released a web-based Device Manager that allows you to locate and wipe data from an Android device.
Office 365 for Nonprofits
In the Fall, Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits just became available to charities around the world at no cost in 2013. Office 365 is of course the online version of Microsoft Office that includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, and Access. It also has back-end tools including hosted Exchange and SharePoint for file serving. Charities throughout the world can request Office 365 directly from Microsoft.
Free Cloud Storage
On a personal computing level, one of the things I liked this year were the bigger free cloud storage offers out there. Here are some good ones:
|Google Drive||15 GB|
Big Data and the Internet of Things
Nonprofit Technology Organization of the Year
This one was easy. This years’ Nobel Prize for Peace was awarded to the technology oriented Dutch NGO, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. To be sure there was other incredible NPTech work going on elsewhere as well.