Microsoft has revised its price hike on volume licensing for EU businesses, amid fears that setting software pricing too high will cause Greece to default on bailout conditions and exit the single currency. It's also thought that the revised pricing is due to the recent weakening of the Euro.
Initially, the company said that UK business customers would pay somewhere between 7.5% and 33.5% more for licensing starting at the beginning of July. This represents an average rise of 29%; however, it's now thought that prices will increase by between 1.7% and 25.9%, depending on the licensing option chosen.
According to a report from The Register, this means that "Open Classic licenses will rise by 1.7 per cent rather than the 7.5 per initially previewed. Open Value/ Subscriptions, SPLA and ISV corporate licenses will go up by 25.9 per cent rather than 33.4 per cent”
"Select/ Select Plus corporate licenses will climb 17.7 per cent instead of 24.6 per cent and Enterprise Agreements/ Subscriptions will go up by 18.7 per cent rather than 26.7 per cent,” the report also stated.
Last week it was revealed that the company will allow UK government bodies and agencies to benefit from a price rise of just 1% for volume licenses from the 1st July under the new Public Sector Agreement.
The agreement is in place for three years and has been negotiated in order to support the UK government's goal of reducing the deficit.