Microsoft to Increase Prices – effective May 12

Author: Steven Zolman

Dates are still a bit uncertain, but expect Microsoft price increases to apply to the May price list, effective May 12.

We expect Microsoft Office to increase by 5%
Not on the list below, we expect System Center July 1st, to increase by 30%
Note also, “Core CAL” and “Enterprise CAL” will also be increasing since their underlying components are increasing

Client guidance: get started early (no later than early April – and engage NET(net) to help you consider all your options.  There will be considerable market pressure brought to bear by Microsoft to get their customers to ‘renew early to avoid the May price increases’.  We have an easy answer for that Microsoft – don’t increase your prices until after the June renewals (if you must increase them at all).


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       Anticipated Price Change Announcements


Wave 14 line-up Availability Price Changes Notable Changes
Exchange Ent CAL 2010 November 2009 +11% with services

+20% on L-only

New archiving features plus voicemail enhancements
Office Professional 2010 Plus H1CY2010 +5% Adding SharePoint Workspace (Groove), OneNote and Office Web Apps
Project 2010 Standard and Professional H1CY2010 +10% Fluent UI.  Workgroup collaboration, improvements in resource scheduling.  Project lists sync to SharePoint Foundation.
Project Server 2010 and CAL H1CY2010 +10% on Project Server Web-based (online) project planning, editing and calculation capabilities.  SharePoint E-CAL dependency for Project Svr deployments.
E-CAL Suite Step-up H1CY2010 +5% annualized with SA Addition of System Center Client Mgmt Suite, ForeFront Threat Management Gateway, and Unified Access Gateway. Removal of Voice CAL from OCS E-CAL.
SharePoint Server 2010 H1CY2010 +10% Scalability, manageability improvements. Multi-tenant architecture.
SharePoint Ent CAL 2010 H1CY2010 +10% Access, Visio and PerformancePoint Services.  Advanced charting, bi-direction LOB integration, FAST Search for SharePoint use rights
SQL Server 2008 R2 H1CY2010 +15% to +25% 15% increase in the processor pricing of SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition and a 25% increase in the processor pricing of SQL Server 2008 Standard.  Along with the pricing changes, there will be a new premium edition released, SQL Server Datacenter Edition.    This version will allow increased memory, CPU and Virtualization support: up to 2 TB RAM, 8 Procs CPU.


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