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Microsoft To Raise CAL Prices by 15 Percent

We may not technically be in a recession but most of aren't exactly swimming in cash. What a perfect time for Microsoft to raise client access licenses (CALs) by 15 percent, a move that kicks in this Saturday.

I'm not sure if Microsoft reads the papers but there are a ton of alternatives for each and every thing Microsoft produces. That's why in nearly all of these markets competitors are gaining.

Microsoft justifies the CAL increase because end users tend to run Redmond's software on an increasing number of devices. So if you double the number of devices but only increase the price 15 percent, you're getting a bargain, right? I reckon -- only if you are, in fact, using the software on more and  more devices. If not, you are getting whacked with a pretty steep price hike.

User CALs, which offer multiple device use, can be a bargain compared to buying licenses for all your machines. Deciding between these User CALs and Device CALs (which are limited to the device) is complex.

My advice? Take a close look at usage patterns, get your accountant involved and strike the best deal.

How do you approach all this? Let me know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/29/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Tue, Sep 24, 2013 Wiliam Just tried the carrots and PB, the combo was ah-mazing! Thanks for the tip, also for havnig a great meal plan. I love how the carbohydrates don't go over 130g if your following the non-vegetarian track. This helps me out a lot concerning pre-diabetis.

Just tried the carrots and PB, the combo was ah-mazing! Thanks for the tip, also for havnig a great meal plan. I love how the carbohydrates don't go over 130g if your following the non-vegetarian track. This helps me out a lot concerning pre-diabetis.

Fri, Nov 30, 2012 MevTechMan

As Mr. Barney says, there are competitors for every product M$ produces and for the most part we as a company use them. I guess M$ doesn't believe in the strategy that helped them grow in the first place; penetrate and take over the market with reasonable pricing (DOS) and go from there. Now it's soak the existing customer base and watch revenue climb slowly (if at all) while market share shrinks.

Thu, Nov 29, 2012 Sunjay

if you are a small/mid enterprise, go cloud and pay per year subscription. Basically M$ wants you $$ no matter what. so they are pushing for the cloud model.

Thu, Nov 29, 2012 Todd

Why would I get my accountant involved? And as far as striking the best deal, MS pricing is fixed, so.... no deal striking unless you are a huge organization.We usually purchase per user anyway as client devices out number users in our customer environments. The per server cost did go down, so for smaller companies the costs will actually go down. For larger companies w/ a small # of servers, the costs for licensing will go up.

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