News

Microsoft Increases Support Costs for IT Pros

Microsoft quietly raised the price of its Professional Support services for its U.S. software customers to $499 per incident.

No apparent notice was given of the price increase, which previously stood at around $249 per incident. Support prices for small and medium businesses, as well as for IT pros and developers, are now listed as "$499 per one incident" or "$1,999 for five incidents" for those organizations with an annual support contract. The new prices are listed at this page.

It's not clear exactly when Microsoft increased the prices, although it was noted today by Rod Trent, a Microsoft MVP, in a Twitter post:

There was some speculation that the $499 cost might have been the so-called "after-hours support" price. However, the page listed above seems to debunk that notion. Ironically, at press time, the after-hours support costs were listed at $259 per incident ("all severities") or $515 per incident ("critical severity"), which may be outdated information.

Update: the price increase happened on November 20, according to a Microsoft spokesperson, via e-mail on Tuesday.

Sometimes Microsoft's support services for organizations are free, but that gets determined by Microsoft via its Web portal or over the phone. Customers have to provide a credit card number to initiate the support process.

Microsoft Support may or may not deliver a solution for a particular incident. It's up to Microsoft's discretion with regard to charging (or not) in cases when it doesn't deliver a solution, according to its Professional Support FAQ.

Professional Support services do not cover products that have exited Microsoft's "extended support" lifecycle phase after 10 years. Getting support after that point requires setting up an account to get "custom support."

Microsoft has a separate Premier Support service for large enterprises, but the prices aren't listed. Here's how the spokesperson described it:

Microsoft offers Premier Support for Enterprise customers. Premier support pricing varies depending on number of employees, products and response times desired by the customer. More information about Premier Support can be found here.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

Featured

  • Vendors Issue Patches for Linux Container Runtime Flaw Enabling Host Attacks

    This week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) described a high-risk security vulnerability (CVE-2019-5736) for organizations using containers that could lead to compromised host systems.

  • Windows 10 Version 1809 Users May Get Visual Studio Crashes

    Microsoft on Friday issued an advisory for Windows 10 version 1809 users about possible Visual Studio crashes.

  • Standardizing the Look of Outlook's Outbound Messages

    Microsoft typically gives users a blank canvas to compose new e-mails in Outlook. In some corporate environments, however, a blank canvas isn't a good thing.

  • Windows 10 'Semiannual Channel Targeted' Goes Away This Spring

    Microsoft plans to slightly alter its Windows servicing lingo and management behavior with its next Windows 10 operating system feature update release, coming this spring.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.