MICROSOFT HAS become the latest company to announce large price hikes for UK customers in the wake of Brexit.
The company announced on Monday that some products will see a rise of 22 percent, as it attempts to counteract the effect of the instabilities caused by the decision to leave the European Union.
The announcement on the Microsoft TechNet blog described the process as one of "harmonising" which is a delicious way of sugaring the pill when, in fact, it’s adding insult to injury.
Microsoft’s Sergejs Chuajs said: "We periodically assess the impact of local pricing of our products and services to ensure there is reasonable alignment across the region and this change is an outcome of this assessment.
"These changes are similar to the recent harmonisation adjustments to pricing in Norwegian krone and Swiss franc we made in April 2016."
Business software will rise by 13 percent, with cloud service pricing jumping by the aforementioned 22 percent. Chuajs goes on to assure customers that this new pricing remains competitive in the market.
Existing orders and long-term contracts will be unaffected by the move during the subscription period. Well done Microsoft - if only the mobile companies would do the same.
There are no plans to alter prices for consumers facing products, but as we all know now, many more features in Windows 10 are restricted to Enterprise editions only.
Additionally, even where companies are in a position to migrate to another provider, this is a big and often expensive process that might not be in the best interest of the user.
James Butler, CTO at Trustmarque explains, "Only the biggest customers will find themselves in a solid bargaining position. In general, organisations should just try to keep a check on their current cloud consumption to shore up their negotiation credentials."
Much a (dil)do about nothing
Neither the time nor the face
The tiny tweaks are coming thick and fast now
Gitting more secure