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Readers React to Windows Price Hike

Monday I brought you a report that in some cases enterprise customers renewing Windows licenses could see a 43 percent price increase. I also asked how Microsoft licensing compares to other vendors. I got feedback on both counts.

Some readers claimed I am a Microsoft basher and a shill for the company trying to sell reports about Microsoft licensing. I try to never sweep a good bashing under the carpet.

Speaking of bashing, a few of you slammed other vendors, Oracle in particular, though Adobe and CA also took a hit or two.

Take for a look for an interesting reader perspective.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/19/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Sep 19, 2012 Paul Daury

Just a personal opinion. If you want to see truly offensive licensing look to Cache and Citrix. IBM Enterprise level prices will also insure that you will put very little to the bottom line these days. Face it. If you want to playt you gatta pay. I work in health care and it is not an environment well suited to "Free", Cut-rate or fringe Hardware and software. My two cents.

Wed, Sep 19, 2012 Adam Sydney

Hi Doug, I recently renewed my EA (in June as I was advised by Microsoft that a price rise was coming). I was able to obtain an overall discount over the advertised EA of roughly 25%. This discount had a lot to do with me as a customer maintaining a healthy relationship with my Microsoft team and also planning what new applications my company needs over the next few years. Having said that one of the team at Microsoft made an error in calculation after I had Board approval for purchase in the order of $40,000 (to our advantage). I'd recommend any customer to keep up the relationship with their account manager and also push them to recheck that they are offering the best price available. It also didn't hurt to mention that I was looking at the competition to Microsoft.

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