Channel braced for Microsoft volume licensing price changes

Microsoft's plans to unify its volume licensing pricing policy across the European Union will leave resellers passing on potential price increases to customers. The vendor has made the decision to unify pricing from 1 July and there are expectations that there will be changes to sterling prices, bu


Microsoft's plans to unify its volume licensing pricing policy across the European Union will leave resellers passing on potential price increases to customers.

The vendor has made the decision to unify pricing from 1 July and there are expectations that there will be changes to sterling prices, but these will not become clear to partners until June.

In a statement sent to partners the vendor said that it was making the changes to get consistency across the EU region.

"In the UK, based on prevailing currency rates, we anticipate some adjustment in British Pound prices for software licenses sold through our volume licensing programmes from July 1st 2012," it stated.

"The exact extent of any price changes in July will be determined by future exchange rates between the British Pound and Euro. These will be published to our partners in June in accordance with our pricing policy. Partners will continue to determine final price and currency to customers for all indirect volume licensing agreements," it added.

For those customers signed up to annual agreements the pricing will remain the same but the price changes will be an issue for several other users. Select and Select Plus Customers have no price protection and will face changes as will Open License Customers.

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