Microsoft Price Changes

Monday 2nd April 2012

Today, Microsoft have confirmed that on 1st July 2012, they will establish "greater price consistency" across Europe which will see changes to non-Euro pricing. The exact extent of the pricing changes will be determined by on-going exchange rates and officially announced to us in June 2012.For reference, based on current exchange rates, the difference between GBP and Euro pricing is up to 25%.

These changes are due to affect the majority of Microsoft Volume Licensing Agreements - including Select Plus, Select, Enterprise, Enterprise Subscription, Open Value Subscription and Open. However, the potential price increases are avoidable – for instance, if your organisation enters into an Enterprise or Enterprise Subscription Agreement prior to the Euro alignment, your price will be protected for the full 3 years of the agreement at the current levels.If you would like to discuss the best procurement routes for Microsoft Licensing available to you and your organisation, which will look to avoid future price increases, then please contact your Bytes account manager or your local Bytes office, at your earliest convenience.For general Microsoft Licensing schemes click here.See below for the official statement from Microsoft: Due to sustained currency differences in the EU/EFTA region, some EU countries where Microsoft operates will see changes to non-Euro pricing as we establish greater price consistency across Europe. In the UK, based on prevailing currency rates, we anticipate some adjustment in British Pound prices for software licenses sold through our volume licensing programmes from July 1st 2012. The exact extent of any price changes in July will be determined by future exchange rates between the British Pound and Euro. These will be published to our partners in June in accordance with our pricing policy. Partners will continue to determine final price and currency to customers for all indirect volume licensing agreements.


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