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Oct 18 2012   2:40PM GMT

Microsoft CAL Licensing to Increase

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As the inert below, Microsoft is pretty hard up for cash these days (sarcasm), so they are looking to increase the price of licensing by 15%. This is only affecting UK and mainly Open Licensing. This is supposed to adjust European prices to bring them in line with the Euro.

“Microsoft is making this change in response to the increasing value of user based licensing over the single device licensing model,” said Softcat.

Some hard-bitten Microsoft channel partners pointed out that with more people using multiple devices, the vendor has simply identified a way to “make more money”.

Fourteen products will be impacted by this rise including Core and Enterprise CAL Suite, Project Server CAL, and Windows Multipoint Server CAL.

In a statement, Microsoft said it notified partners of the changes to allow them to give customers prior warning of their “options” before the 1 December D-day.

“These CAL changes include a user-based option that offers more value in support across unlimited devices and simplifies licensing management and compliance as devices in the workplace proliferate,” stated Microsoft. ®

“Pricing for user CALs will change to reflect the increased value. Customers should work with their Microsoft partner or account team to assess their options,” the vendor added. source

So should you renew early, or will you try to apply different licensing to get the best value? Best speak with your IT Company as soon as possible to go over your options and how this new licensing will impact you. Eventhough this is only to affect the UK, it may very well find its way to the US and Canada, so keep an ear to the ground.

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