Microsoft software overview

Software ordering is currently disabled while we resolve the new Microsoft validation requirements.

For all inquiries please email Rohan at (replace at with @) or contact him at the Uniting Church Centre for Theology and Ministry:

Availability: Microsoft software has been available to Uniting Church congregations, members and ministers (and some agencies, upon verification) through a Microsoft ‘Open Charity’ agreement at pricing levels significantly below retail. Information on the products available, terms of license, and a secure online ordering system are all available on this site.

Note regarding new computers: many new computers now come with a trial ‘Retail’ version of Microsoft Office pre-installed, which requires payment within 60 days of usage, or needs to be un-installed before installation of the ‘Open Charity’ version of Microsoft Office obtained through The trial Retail version will interfere with the authentication process for legitimate ‘Open Charity’ licenses.  Uninstall the trial, reboot, and install the software from and the process normally runs smoothly.

Electronic fulfilment: at this stage ‘electronic fulfilment’ (software download) is NOT available. Please purchase the license + media, unless you are buying more than one license in which case buy one license + media plus the number of additional licenses you need.

Trial versions: please note that Microsoft have advised us that the trial versions of Office and other software available online are not compatible with the product/license keys that are available through the Uniting Church’s ‘Open Charity’ license arrangements. If you’re happy with the trial software and want to purchase a legitimate license, you’ll need to uninstall the trial version and re-install the software from the media that is distributed through

Agency: acts only as an independent third-party agent to provide special pricing on Microsoft software for the Uniting Church, is not part of the Uniting Church in Australia, and cannot guarantee the suitability or technical support for these products in any way. We do however do our best to ensure that you can install and use the software as you expect to, and have been providing this service to congregations of the Uniting Church for over a decade.

This is not the way everyone will choose to buy Microsoft software (see the Pros and Cons on the FAQ page), but it can provide substantial discounts on much of the common software people use.

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