Microsoft Price Increases from 1st July 2012

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

Following our announcement in February on the proposed Microsoft Price Changes, Bytes can now confirm that the following Microsoft Prices Increases have been previewed and are due to take effect on 1st July 2012:

License Type Average Price Increase Enterprise Agreement / Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS) 18.7% Select Plus Agreement 17.7% Open Value Subscription (OVS) 25.9% Service Provider Licensing Agreement 25.9% Open Agreement (corporate) 1.7% Public Sector Agreements to be confirmed*
* Microsoft and the Cabinet Office have yet to make an announcement.

These are Europe-wide changes that Microsoft are making to its pricing policies for volume licensing programmes and are due to sustained currency differences in the EU/EFTA region between Euro and Non Euro currencies.

Indicative Pricing Examples (Typical Select Level A)

  • Windows Server: £468 increases to £551
  • Exchange Server: £452 increases to £532
  • Office Professional: £325 increases to £383

For general information on Microsoft Licensing schemes click here.

What Next?These changes will affect different organisations in different ways, depending on the current procurement route and timescales of any existing agreements. For some, bringing forward Microsoft projects to beat the increase will become a priority and for others there will now be the added incentive to explore volume licensing agreements that would lock down pre-July pricing for a 3 year period.We Can HelpIf you are looking at new Microsoft technologies, or renewing your licenses over the next 12 months, we have over 60 Account Managers with the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) qualification, that can work with you to find the best course of action for your business.

A quick 10 minute conversation with us could result in significant cost savings for your business.

Simply request a call back on the form to the right or call us on 020 8786 1500.


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