Microsoft on-premises and cloud pricing adjustments

Published: September 17, 2018

As of 1 October 2018, Microsoft will be bringing in pricing adjustments for their on-premises and cloud products. These were announced back in July, but if you haven’t started thinking about how these changes will impact you yet, here is a recap.

What are the headlines?

– Government pricing will be aligned with commercial pricing. Meaning that government pricing will increase to be in line with the lowest commercial price in Enterprise Agreement / Enterprise Subscription Agreement, SCE, MPSA, Select / Select Plus, and Open Programs.
– Office 2019 on-premises pricing will increase by 10%.
– Server products will also see an 10% price increase, including: Enterprise CAL, Core CAL, Productivity Servers, and Window Server 2019 Standard Edition.
– RDS Per Device CAL will increase by 30% to match the Per User price.

Microsoft summed up the effect of these price changes in their original blog post:

“These changes will highlight the benefits of our pricing for a cloud-first world, help us move from program-centric to a customer-centric pricing structure, and create more consistency and transparency across our purchasing channels.”

If you’re unsure if, or how, these price changes will affect you please get in touch with our licensing experts who will be able to guide you through the changes.

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