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Microsoft changes eligibility requirements to allow faith-based charities large discounts

Richard Craig, chief executive of the Charity Technology Trust, welcomes the move, under which religious organisations will pay about 5 per cent of the listed price for Microsoft products

Faith-based charities will be able to access more than 250 Microsoft products at about 5 per cent of the listed price after the software giant changed its policy, the Charity Technology Trust has announced

The CTT runs a programme called the CTXchange, which offers IT products from Microsoft and a number of other providers at a fraction of the normal price.

The products themselves are usually free, with a small fee payable to the CTT to keep the programme running.

The CTT said that Microsoft had changed the eligibility requirements of its donation scheme to include faith-based organisations, which were previously not included in its global donations programme.

Products on offer include the Office suite, graphic design software and servers. Over a two-year period, eligible faith-based charities can request up to 50 licences for up to 10 Microsoft products and up to five server products.

Richard Craig, chief executive of the CTT, said: "Faith-based organisations have a long tradition of community service and making important contributions to public life in the UK and internationally.

"We are pleased that Microsoft recognises this and we are now able to offer its solutions to these charities."