With all the political ‘goings on’ of the last few months and the resultant impact on the strength of the pound against the dollar you may well have seen an increase in costs of anything within your business which is priced in US dollars.

Office 365 Price Increase

We have seen this increase have a gradual impact on computer hardware costs, but until now Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft’s other cloud products (Azure, for example) have remained unchanged. Following a review of their pricing Microsoft have now announced a 22% increase on all Office 365 plans coming in to effect from the 1st January 2017. This increase seems large, but actually brings UK prices in to line with the rest of Europe (as a result of this review some countries have actually seen a reduction in their Office 365 prices).

Microsoft have commented on the price increase;

 “We periodically assess the impact of local pricing of our products and services to ensure there is reasonable alignment across the region and this change is an outcome of this assessment,” Microsoft said. “These changes are similar to the recent harmonisation adjustments to pricing in Norwegian krone and Swiss franc we made in April 2016.”

There also will be a 13% increase in the price of non-subscription software as well.

Monthly Subscribers

Any current subscription prices will be increased immediately following the increased price from Microsoft. This will be reflected in your next invoice.

Annual Subscribers

Any current subscription prices will be fixed until the end of the current subscription period (12 months from the date the subscription starts), which will include any subscriptions starting before the end of December 2016

A Note from Primary PC Solutions

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but unfortunately this action taken by Microsoft is completely out of our control. If you do have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call and we will answer any query to the best of our ability.