Microsoft User Cal Price Increase

Tuesday 10th February 2015

As Microsoft move towards a user centric, mobile-first, cloud-first world it has announced that from 1st July 2015 on-premises User CAL pricing will increase by approximately 15%. Microsoft says that continued investments to support multi-device, cross-platform productivity scenarios has increased the number of ways in which users access on-premises servers that are licensed with CAL Suites. Customers will continue to have the option to license CAL Suites with the choice of per-user or per-device, and device CALs will see no change in pricing. Similarly, customers that purchase the Enterprise Cloud Suite, will not be affected by the User CAL price increase, as per-user licensing is already incorporated into cost of the suite. Things To Note

  • If you have licensed the Core CAL or Enterprise CAL suites within an Enterprise Agreement you will not be affected during the agreement term.
  • This price increase is across all on-premises CALs when licensed Per User.
  • For more information on the Enterprise Cloud Suite please view our November update.

We Can Help There are ways in which you can license access to your on-premises server software whilst avoiding the price increase. Cloud suites such as Office 365 Enterprise, the Enterprise Mobility Suite and the Enterprise Cloud Suite provide dual access to both online services and on-premises server software. In many cases this will not only avoid an increase in cost but may result in a gain of additional enterprise functionality whilst moving to a user centric licensing model. With over 70 Microsoft Certified Professionals, we are the UKs leading Software Licensing specialist with unrivalled expertise and sales of Microsoft cloud solutions. Next Steps

  • Request a 15 minute call to evaluate your current licensing position and future needs – simply reply to this email, call us on 01372 418 500 or contact your Bytes account manager.
  • Come along to our Microsoft Unwrapped events - in London or Manchester (if you've not been already) to hear the latest from Microsoft licensing, products and devices.

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