Microsoft enterprise cloud and software pricing to increase in January
"Microsoft is to increase its enterprise software and cloud service prices for UK customers significantly, in reaction to the falling value of the pound.
From 1 January 2017, prices for on-premises enterprise software will increase by 13%, whilst enterprise cloud prices will increase by 22% 'to realign close to euro levels', according to a Microsoft blog.
This price increase comes as Microsoft has just seen its share price hit its highest ever value, following the success of its cloud strategy and an increase in revenue from Azure and Office 365.
A Microsoft spokesperson told Computing: ‘As a part of its ongoing policy to maintain price consistency with euro levels across the EU/EFTA region, Microsoft is announcing a British pound price realignment to euro levels for enterprise software and cloud services. This adjustment will be effective from January 1 2017 but will not apply to consumer software and cloud services.’
Jonathan Watson, chief analyst at currencies.co.uk explained that many US-based services will become more expensive for UK firms due to the falling value of Sterling.”
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