Microsoft, to Increase User Licensing Fees Due to BYOD Movement

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It was reported that Microsoft will raise the price of their client-access licenses for enterprise customers come December 1. CALs enable employees to access work software on their personal devices. This means that the “bring your own device” movement will cost businesses an extra 15 percent.

Microsoft, to Push 15 Percent Increase for User CALs

Based on the recent reports, Microsoft will charge an additional 15 percent for user CALs. This will affect a number of companies that have started allowing workers to access company software from any of their personal devices. Moreover, CALs are attached to an array of integral applications widely used in the enterprise setting such as Exchange, Lync, Windows Server, System Center, and many more.

As of the moment, the company offers device and user CALs. Device CALs let any user server access from a particular device. The company pointed out that it is ideal for companies that have workers who share devices on different work shifts. Meanwhile, user CALs enables one user to access the server from various devices.

Prior to this, both licenses cost the same. However, the rise of BYOD forces firms to buy CALs for every employee who needs to access the Microsoft suite.

It is also a note worth taking that the price increase also applies to Windows-based devices, although those machines have been on the market for decades. This only suggests that Microsoft’s move is in response to the BYOD movement that is arguably kick-started by the iPhone and iPad.

On the other hand, device CALs will retain its current pricing. As for the upcoming price change on user CALs, Microsoft pointed out that they are well aware of BYOD in the enterprise scene.

These CAL changes include a user-based option that offers more value in support across unlimited devices and simplifies licensing management and compliance as devices in the workplace proliferate. Pricing for user CALs will change to reflect the increased value. Customers should work with their Microsoft partner or account team to assess their options.

Aside from device CALs, companies that have existing volume license agreement won’t be affected by the price hike until their contract expires. However, customers who consider licensing Microsoft software must lock in current prices before December 1.

In addition, Microsoft also increased the price of their tablet virtualization licenses last April, which is also seen as a direct response to the popularity of Apple’s iPad in the industry.

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