back to article Happy New Year! Love, Microsoft: Price rises? Aw, you shouldn't have

Microsoft has something that will compound customers' New Year hangovers for 2018 – a double-digit price hike. According to documents seen by The Register, Microsoft will slap up to 10 per cent on the cost of certain flavours of Service Provider Licensing Agreements (SPLA) in the UK from next year. "On January 1, 2018, …

  1. Dan 55 Silver badge

    The Register has asked Microsoft to explain why price rises are proposed

    Agile development and continuous updates means these products are now 10% better than at the start of the year.

    1. Mpeler

      Re: The Register has asked Microsoft to explain why price rises are proposed

      Agile development?

      More like dancing bugs.....

    2. DougS Silver badge

      They'll use an excuse that keeps on giving


  2. deadlockvictim Silver badge

    Do we need a reason?

    El Reg» The Register has asked Microsoft to explain why price rises are proposed, and will update the story when we hear back.

    Because we can! Muahahaha.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How many people/companies will this nudge in the direction of looking for something else?

    Maybe this is also a softening up process for monthly win 10 renting and pointing companies to the cloud.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "How many people/companies will this nudge in the direction of looking for something else?"

      Pretty much no one. They are still a cheaper and more practical option than going elsewhere...

  4. MrKrotos

    Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla we want more money bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla

  5. Naselus

    Thankfully, no-one can tell since the current MS licensing model is already completely incomprehensible.

  6. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    Wow! What a surprise

    ... not.

  7. steamnut

    This is just the start by the cloudy vendors

    With the push to sell us services and storage in the cloud all of the big companies know it costs a lot of money to revert back to on-site delivery. So, it's just like a drug dealer operation - get them hooked and then you are on their payroll for life....

    I wouldn't mind if, when their service fails, we get adequate compensation (read the very small print on this). Ditto the broadband providers.

    If we are going to have a cloud connected world then we need a contract with a two way responsibility. We pay you each month for a service and you compensate us when you fail.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: This is just the start by the cloudy vendors

      compensation is useless when their failures mean that -

      - You can't take orders

      - You can't ship stuff

      - You can't pay the wages

      and you go belly up.

      In this case, the compensation would be paid to the Administrators not you.

      Clouds carry water that eventually pisses all over you. Then there is no more cloud.

      1. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

        Re: and you go belly up.

        Question: If a UK company does go down the drain, are non-UK Cloudy providers obligated to continue* to provide service in the same way that they would if they were a UK Utility supplier?

        *Once they return from their lie-down.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I think their TCO "reports" now need to be updated.

    1. alain williams Silver badge

      TCO reports

      I understand that, for some strange reason, the price that MS charges in Munich is not going up.

  9. DougMac

    The article seems to state this is a UK only thing. Service provider partners in the US face the same 10% price hikes.

    They also are saying another 10% for some of the same products in Jan 2019 as well.

    1. KjetilS

      Same thing in North Europe. 10% in January 2018 and another 10% in 2019

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Once the big computing/cloud companies get enough corps on board with cloud this is inevitable. You'd think that volume might reduce price, but not if there's lock in and or collusion. Open source and in house is looking better all the time.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    If you're buying into cloud services and not planning on substantial, unexplained, cost increases from year to year, you're just clueless. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that vendors are expert at determining what it costs to leave (more every year you are on their platform), and adjusting their pricing just enough below that threshold to prevent you from actually leaving.

    May I have another, SIR!

  12. Three_Cross

    Office 365

    Office 365 has just gone up 20% in costs this month!

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