Microsoft trims back volume licensing price changes

Microsoft has revealed the volume licensing price changes that come into force next month are not going to be as high as originally feared. There will still be hikes of up to 25.9% in some programmes but increases of up to 33.5% had been muted back in May when the preliminary changes were published

Microsoft has revealed the volume licensing price changes that come into force next month are not going to be as high as originally feared.

There will still be hikes of up to 25.9% in some programmes but increases of up to 33.5% had been muted back in May when the preliminary changes were published.

The software vendor has made the moves to maintain price consistency across Europe in its volume licensing programs and last month the preliminary price list had hikes in the range of 7.5% to the 33% limit.

But now resellers will face rises starting as low as 1.7% up to 25.9%, which come into effect on 1 July, with the vendor stating that it made the revisions because of currency fluctuations.

"On May 1st we published a preliminary 60 day price preview to give early guidance so partners could prepare for these changes. This indicated that from July 1st prices in the UK were likely to rise by between 7.5% and 33.5%. We told partners that the final prices would be communicated through the standard 30 day partner price list publication on June 1st," stated a spokeswoman.

"Since then, we have made additional minor adjustments to UK prices that factor in recent exchange rates. We are now able to make smaller price changes than those previewed a month ago," she added.

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