Starting July 1, Microsoft UK is substantially raising the prices the company will be charging its UK business customers for software and services. "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'," Computerworld reports.
Microsoft alerted partners in early 2012 that there would be "significant" price increases coming to Volume Licensing in the UK starting July 1.
Why has Microsoft done this? It's to bring the UK into line with the Euro pricing seen throughout EU/EFTA as up to now the UK has been up to 30 percent cheaper than mainland Europe for no real reason other than currency fluctuation.
Many partners were been preparing their clients for "up to 30%." Recently, partners received the final word from Microsoft:
- Enterprise Agreements = 25.7% increase
- Select/Select Plus = 24.6% increase
- Office 365 = 21% increase*
- Open Value/ISV/SPLA = 33.5% increase
- Open = 7.5% increase
*This will all but wipe out the Office 365 price drop we saw earlier in the year.
These are huge increases. There's no doubt about it. An £80,000 order now will be £100,000 in 7 or so weeks!
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 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.
In other news, Cumulative Update 6 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is available. Cumulative Update 6 for Operations Manager 2007 R2 resolves the following issues:
- RMS promotion fails if NetworkName and PrincipalNames are not in sync for agents.
- UI is limited to only 100 MB for the Memory Usage field in the wizard.
- Additional OIDs in auth certificate are not processed correctly.
- AEM creates duplicate computer objects in OpsMgr based on Agents NetBIOS name.
- Cannot open reporting pane on OpsMgr 2007 R2 remote console.
- Cannot view schedule for scheduled report.
- ManagementServerConfigTool with the option "promoterms" fails because it stops polling the SDK Service.
- OpsMgr reports are failing on Windows 7 with the error: "Cannot initialize report."
- ACS events have "n/a" as their category in the ACS database.
- Watch agentless monitoring listener to detect failure to respond.
- SCOM SDK memory leak on cryptography keys and cryptography contexts.
- After you click Edit Schedule, a message box appears, and you cannot save the change value.
- Audit events can be lost when the AdtServer process crashes.
- The installation process for the IBM AIX 6.1 agent incorrectly checks for AIX 5.3 packages.
- After a system restart, the OpsMgr agent for Solaris may start to run before local file systems are mounted.
- On Red Hat Linux version 4 and SUSE Linux version 9, LVM disks are not discovered and cannot be monitored.
- The OpsMgr agent for AIX does not report the arguments for monitored processes.
- When Microsoft security update MS12-006 is installed on an OpsMgr management server, that management server can no longer communicate with the OpsMgr agent on any Linux or UNIX server.
- On HP-UX, OpsMgr cannot discover and monitor a logical volume that is composed of more than 127 physical volumes.
- Support for IBM AIX 7.1 (POWER).
- Support for Oracle Solaris 11 (x86 and SPARC).
For all the details and a download link, see the following Knowledge Base article: KB2626076.