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Microsoft License Cost Increase on April 1st

Microsoft has recently confirmed that on 1st April they will be increasing the GBP cost of all Microsoft Cloud Services by 9%.

The reason, as described by Microsoft, is to align pricing to reflect the changes to the exchange rate of the local US currency.

We are not expecting Microsoft to confirm the exact GBP pricing for each service until after 1st March 2023 at which point we will communicate this as well.

To read the full announcement you can view it here: Consistent global pricing for the Microsoft Cloud – Microsoft News Centre Europe

This is not ideal news but there are ways to mitigate against this 9% increase for another year.

Pricing for existing subscriptions for seat-based cloud services offers in legacy CSP and NCE (New Commerce Experience) are protected during the term of the subscription at the original billing price.

Additional CSP seats added to an existing subscription (subscription active before April 1st, 2023) will be at the original billing price.

Licenses under the NCE Monthly commitment terms will be subject to price increases after the 1st of April, for example, a customer transacting business standard on a monthly NCE commit in March will pay the normal price then on the monthly renew in April, will then pay 9% extra and so on for the rest of the year.

If you have any questions as to how this will impact your license cost or for a review of your current licensing consumption please contact us on 01209 613660.

Server 2003, the end of an era!

With just over 60 days remaining before Microsoft withdraws support for Windows Server 2003 many businesses are wondering where to go next or if to move at all.

When I first started working with Windows Server 2003 it was like a breath of fresh air, feature rich, a wealth of administrative tools, adaptable, scalable and much improved reliability over the versions before it. Much like Windows XP to the desktop PC, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 was fantastic and has stood the test of time which is why many people have decided to stick with it. It was Microsoft first really successful server operating system.

The retirement of Windows Server 2003 however does spell trouble ahead for business who have not moved on.

The end of support (EOS) means that Microsoft will no longer be releasing product updates, bug fixes, patches and security updates for businesses still running Windows Server 2003. At the same time many other vendors such as Anti Virus companies, hardware manufacturers and software development companies will phase out or altogether stop writing applications for the operating system.

The reality is that the longer businesses delay moving to a newer server operating system the greater their businesses are exposed to risk but the migration can be a painful process unless correctly planned and managed. The software running on the servers will need to be identified and checked to see if they will run on the newer server operating systems which in many cases means a shift from 32bit to 64bit capability. If they won’t run then they may need to be updated too. Custom or bespoke applications may need to be updated and specialist hardware many also need to be replaced.

For those businesses that are regulated by the Payment Card Industry or need to be PCI Compliant then the chances are that you will fail the required PCI Compliance Audit in very short order.

The arguments for migration to a new server operating system far outweigh the perceived benefits of staying with Windows Server 2003.

If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your business, you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure.

By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365, you can achieve tangible benefits, including improved performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility and speed of response to the business.

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