Microsoft Announces Price Rises in January 2017
Due to the weakening pound, Microsoft has announced price rises, for products such as Office 365, which will take affect in January 2017. The price rises are likely to impact thousands of business around the UK.
Microsoft announced the price changes to harmonise prices for cloud services within the EU/EFTA region. The rise is expected to be in the region of 22% across its suite of cloud products.
Microsoft cloud service customers with existing agreements will more than likely be protected from Microsoft's price hikes until they renew their subscription. "Customers with Enterprise Agreements have price protection on previously ordered enterprise software and cloud services, and will not experience a price change during the term of their agreement," Micorosft says. "Similarly, business customers with cloud commitment subscriptions such as Office 365 also receive price protection during their subscription term, which is normally twelve months from the start of paid subscription."
Things are still a little uncertain at the moment, but we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when they are available. As a re-seller of Microsoft's cloud services (including Office 365 and Hosted Exchange), we will be contacting our clients individually to advise them of price rises and when they can expect them to come into force.
Although we understand that the increases are likely to put increased pressure in SME IT budgets, Clearwater IT Services will continue to match the published prices for Microsoft's cloud services across the board.
For more information about Microsoft's cloud products please contact us today.