Microsoft to hike user client access license practices by 13% as of August 1

From August 1, Microsoft has decided to hike the prices of the number of its User client-access by 13%. The affected client access licenses are for on-premises, not cloud, products. However the prices of the Device client access license were not changed, said the company. With the user Client Access License, Microsoft customers will purchase a CAL for every user who accesses the server to use the services such as file storing or printing, regardless of the number of the devices that they use for the access. With the device Client Access License, they purchase CAL for every device that accesses the server, disregard of the number of users who use the device to access the server.


Regarding this, Microsoft has notified its re-seller partners of upcoming price raise and the new pricing is made available to the public when it releases the price list preview on July 1. Microsoft has confirmed by communicating an information about when, what and why of the upcoming hike to its partners. Here is the list of few what Microsoft has said.

  • Core Client Access License Suite
  • Enterprise CAL Suite
  • Exchange server standard and Enterprise CALs
  • Lync Server Standard, Enterprise and Plus CALs
  • SharePoint Standard and Enterprise CALs
  • Project Server CALs
  • System Center Configuration Manager CAL
  • System Center Endpoint Protection CAL
  • System Center client management suite CAL
  • Windows Server CAL
  • Windows RDS and RMS CAL
  • Windows MultiPoint CAL

Number of on-premises products and services which require the Client access licences like SQL Server, Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM won’t witness any price hike. Customers who purchase the Enterprise Cloud Suite or Office 365 suites also no need to pay the extra fee as of August because per-user licensing is already incorporated into the cost of the suites. Bridge Client access licenses will also be affected, but the amount of impact will be based on the factors including which license and the currency the customer is using.

Microsoft has stated a reason that why the price hike is the combination of current market conditions, new customer deployment scenarios and increased product value over the time.

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