In February Microsoft announced they would be changing their pricing for all volume licensing customers, this is an effort to make pricing more consistent across Europe. This includes aligning the cost of licences bought in Euros and Pounds.
Finally Microsoft have announced that the price changes will come into effect from 1st July 2012. It is expected that this cause volume licensing pricing to increase by up to 33.5% but analysts expect the average increase to be roughly 29%. The price changes will apply to Microsoft Enterprise and Enterprise Subscription Agreements, as well as Select, SPLA and Microsoft Online Services Portal programmes.
Microsoft anticipate the many customers will only experience a single digit percentage increase and for clients operating in Switzerland prices could actually fall.
What to do?
The best action to take in this situation is to speak to a software licensing consultant who will be able to help you understand the changes in more detail as well as give you advice on which Microsoft licences will be effected.
By understanding your business and the licences you currently hold our consultants will be able to help you successfully manage this pricing change.
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