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    MS Licensing Costs on the Rise

    Just had an email from my current MS Licensing supplier about the price hikes for licences.

    Microsoft has today released some important information regarding changes to their Academic Licensing pricing which will have an impact on your organisation, below is a summary of the changes:

    Price increase effective from 01 August 2013


    • Open Academic price - 0-3% price increase
    • School Agreements and Open Value Subscription for Education Solutions (OVS-ES) - 21-27% price increase
    • Campus Agreements - 24-27% price increase
    • Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) - 24-27% price increase
    • Select 6/Select Plus - 18-21% price increase


    Microsoft took action last year to establish and maintain price consistency between European countries due to sustained currency differences between the European countries. As a result the GBP Corporate license prices were increased. At that time, the increase did not extend to Microsoft’s Academic price lists, however, Microsoft is now implementing the increase to its Academic pricing.

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    I'm confused..

    Do Microsoft actually want people to buy their stuff?

    I'm beginning to wonder about whether they do - what with Windows Hate, , XBoxVHS and TechNet's Retirement...

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    A 25% increase is ridiculous. They really do like to upset people.

    The idea that they'd need to do a 25% increase to make the prices line up with the EU is nonsense too. I suspect that if the £ increases in value, the prices won't drop...

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    Microsoft do seem to have an.....interesting....business plan for their, er, business products!

    1) Get rid of the desktop and replace it with a touch interface
    2) Make Office a cloud application
    3) Retire Technet
    4) Increase prices

    As @Gatt rightly points out - their smartphone and gaming business plans don't seem to be any better thought out. Did someone at MS Towers hit the self destruct button?

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    They seem to have forgotten that the vast majority of their profit comes from business and education. Focusing on consumers is not as profitable and is not as consistent with its income. You have a hot product 1 month, its crud the next. Whereas in the business market, they want something that lasts and lasts.

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    It's actually a fairly good business model to convince schools they will get a 'saving' with EES while making it difficult to buy out of the scheme.

    Looks like buying all my perpetual licenses for Win7 two yrs ago is starting to pay off. I shouldn't need to spend a penny with MS until something like 2017.

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    I believe it's bogus, same as what happened last year. There has already been a thread on this back in July and it was found to be false - EES News - IMPORTANT

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    Just had it confirmed, there will be no changes to academic pricing.

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    Sauce?

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    Where do theses MS suppliers keep getting this bogus information?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesDonkin View Post
    Sauce?
    From MS, via our licensing supplier. There have been some changes in internal pricing structures at MS, but it doesn't affect end user academic pricing.

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    It seems a bit odd for one supplier to distribute the above email. Wonder if they're just the first to hear of it, although I can't see that being very likely.

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    It's been going round for a couple of weeks apparently, same thing happened last year and again some 'helpful' (ie drooling at the commission) account managers sent it out trying to get people to panic buy.

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    I have to take the email as read. My renewal is at the end of September and it would be a strange thing to do for a supplier to warn of price increases before they inform me of my renewal costs.

    I'm doing the usual shopping around in August anyway but if the info is accurate I should be able to cover the cost thanks to some forward planning but as already stated above, 24 - 27% increase is horrendous!

    edit - I forgot to add that my current supplier is a big global player.
    Last edited by alan-d; 24th July 2013 at 10:12 AM.

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    So is mine.

    Exactly the same email went out last year, it's just doing the rounds again this year with the year changed. It gets emailed between the sales guys and they just see ££££ commission and send it out.



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