Microsoft User CAL Price Increase Set for August 1st

By Clay Conklin

Director of Client Services – Microsoft, NPI

June 01, 2015

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On August 1st, Microsoft will be increasing its User CAL pricing for the majority of on-premise licenses between 13 and 15 percent. The following Microsoft User CALs will be affected:

  • Core CAL Suite
  • Enterprise CAL Suite
  • Exchange Server Standard & Enterprise CALs
  • Lync Server Standard, Enterprise, & Plus CALs
  • Project Server CAL
  • SharePoint Standard & Enterprise CAL
  • System Center Configuration Manager
  • System Center EndPoint Protection
  • System Center Client Management Suite
  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server CAL
  • Windows Server CAL
  • Windows RDS & RMS CA
  • Windows MultiPoint CAL
  • Note: There will not be any price change on CALs not listed above (i.e. Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM).

    There are a few things you can do to minimize the impact of these price increases, especially if your company is looking to upgrade Microsoft products. First, if you’re considering upgrading older versions of Microsoft’s software that are licensed via the Server/CAL pricing model, then now is the time to lock in pre-increase pricing.

    Second, if you’re currently in discussions with Microsoft andor your reseller and it looks like meeting the August 1st deadline is not going to be feasible, you can inquire to see if any pricing concessions are available to allow you to leverage the pre-August pricing.

    Lastly, don’t assume that just because you already have the pre-increase price locked in that this increase won’t have an effect. You will most likely see a costly price increase upon renewal (by which time you will have most likely forgotten about this increase). Now is the time to start thinking about how you will mitigate this increase, and engaging Microsoft and/or your reseller in these discussions.

    Remember – most User CAL customers will be affected by this price increase, and that extra 13+ percent may have a sizeable impact on your Microsoft spend.