We wanted to give you advance notification of some important changes to pricing coming in January 2017.
Effective January 1, 2017, Microsoft will be increasing British pound pricing to harmonise prices for enterprise software and cloud services within the EU/EFTA region. Microsoft periodically assess the impact of local pricing of our products and services to ensure there is reasonable alignment across the region and this change is an outcome of this assessment. These changes are similar to the recent harmonisation adjustments to pricing in Norwegian krone and Swiss franc Microsoft made in April 2016.
What is the increase?
From January, British pound prices for on-premises enterprise software will increase by 13% to realign close to euro levels. Most enterprise cloud prices in British pounds will increase by 22% to realign close to euro levels. Even after this adjustment, customers across the region buying in British pound will still find Microsoft cloud offerings highly competitive.
How will this affect me?
For business customers, these changes will not affect existing orders under annuity volume licensing agreements for products that are subject to price protection. For example, 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. 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.
For example, if your subscription to Office 365 started in March 2016, the increase will not take effect until March 2017. However, any new licenses taken out at the start of the New Year in 2017, will have the new increased rate applied.
What products will this affect?
The 22% price increase will affect all 365 products, including mail.
Save money on your licensing and buy now
If you were considering adding further licenses in the near future, we would strongly advise that you purchase these before the end of the year in order to receive the current rates.