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Microsoft raises UK prices by a third and can't rule out future hikes.

The move is due to sustain currency differences between European countries

By Computerworld UK

Microsoft has revealed that it will increase volume licencing prices in the UK by an average of 29 percent to adjust for the ‘sustained currency differences between European countries’.

UK businesses have until 1 July to place their orders under the current prices before the changes take effect.

Microsoft claims that because of sustained differences between the British pound and the euro, price spikes are necessary to maintain consistency across the region.

“From July 1 in the UK, these adjustments will result in pound sterling price list rises for new volume licensing contracts of between 7.5 percent and 33.5 percent, to ensure greater consistency with the equivalent euro price list,” said Scott Dodds, UK GM of marketing and operations at Microsoft UK.

“The majority of UK business customers purchasing Microsoft products from partners buy through the open volume licensing program which is particularly popular with small businesses. We can now confirm that partners will see a 7.5% increase in list prices from July 1 for all new open purchases made,” he added.

Prices for enterprise agreement licences will increase by 25.7 percent for on-premise and 21 percent for Office 365, Select or Select Plus Agreement licences will increase by 24.6 percent, and Open Value will increase by 33.5 percent.

According to a Microsoft spokesperson the changes will not apply to Windows, Office, or other products sold to consumers through retailers or on pre-installed PCs. Academic on-premise pricing will continue to be heavily discounted, and the public sector will remain unaffected.

However, Microsoft confirmed to Computerworld UK that it could not rule out future increases, as it will continue to monitor currency movements and may make further adjustments if there are large fluctuations.
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Incredible, but why only for the UK?

Its the same for most things you want to buy in the UK, they are always much higher than what you can buy them in the US for.


For example, if you see a laptop for sale in the US for $600, in the UK it is marked up as 600 pounds sterling, thats about approx $970!!!
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One of the big problems in dealing with a monopoly, is that they can pretty much charge what they want. Until they reach the point that people stop buying solely because of value of the product is not worth the price. Microsoft has found a way around that. They can charge whatever they like and there is not much the customer can do about it.

What Microsoft has done to create this market condition, is make it a law that no new computer will be sold without an OS (Operating System). They make sure that their OS is dominate. Here in the states we refer to this as the Microsoft tax. If you want Linux, other than a few times it's been tried as the OEM OS for a maker, you can't really buy it on the computer as it comes. Dell tried this for a while but I am not sure the OS/computer combination is still available. If you run Linux, you still have to buy the computer with Win or Apple OS on it.

Now you can get the money for the OS back. It's a pain but can be done. You have to write Microsoft and set up the sending of the OS cd back for a refund. Don't be in a hurry to get that money back. You'll get it but it's made a pain on purpose in hopes you will just drop it and they'll get to keep the money.

There is always an excuse why the price has to go up. Corporations have overhead, the bigger they get, the more expensive it is to support the corporation. That means the price must always go up or the product must devalue. In the states how this is played I will use a can of corn as demonstration.

When the can of corn is the first product sold by the corporation, it has great packaging, plenty of volume of product, and a reasonable price. The corporation expands, needing more money. To get that money, the can becomes slightly smaller but the price remains the same. In so doing, the same amount of corn the factory ships out stays the same but the cans increase because they are saving a little out of each can for the next one.

The the can changes as to materials. It's cheaper to make cans out of aluminum than tin. Cost of aluminum is less. The difference in what is paid for raw materials is profit to support the corporation.

Then the price increases. Always some reason, like the price of corn went up, or the price of fuel went up. What you never hear in this is the corporation needs more money to support itself and it's side projects. Now that the price is high, the can is cheap, the next cut is to take more corn out of the can and replace it with salted water. Since it is being sold by net weight, your paying for less corn and more water.

The reduction in volume continues until it is obvious that the product isn't delivering the corn. So now it is time for the can to decrease in size. Rinse and repeat.

This has gone on so long that now the size of the average can is something like 10 oz in the store. Old recipes still call for 14 oz or even 16 oz cans.

What you never see, is the price go down and the volume go up. If it were true that money values decreased and needed increases in price to cover that, then why is it when the money value goes up the price doesn't come down? Or if the other way works of limiting product, why doesn't the product in the package increase? Neither happens. Here is the fallacy of pricing/volume excuses.

Software is even worse. Once designed, all they are selling is a plastic disc that costs no more than 19 to 20˘, less if purchased wholesale as corporations do. So what the real price is, isn't the product. They will sell the same product on the same disc for the next 10 years. So reproduction costs have approached pennies. It's the license you are spending the money for. The imaginary intellectual property that can't be fenced.
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For me, it's just simple GREED.....
I wish I had the patience to learn a Linux OS.
To old!!! lmao
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For me, it's just simple GREED.....
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To old!!! lmao
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Default Re: Microsoft to Increase UK Prices by up to a Third!

If you are not wanting to do a lot, they've got Linux down pretty much to where it is like operating Windows. If you are really curious you can down load what is called a live disc. You burn it to cd and run it off the cd. Nothing gets put on your hd. Only thing is read speeds are a lot slower on dvd/cd readers than the HD. So it runs sort of sluggish that way. Still you can test drive Linux without changing anything at all on your Windows or computer.

You might try Knoppix if you are interested.
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