Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed it is adjusting the pricing for some of its core enterprise solutions. The company announced the cost of cloud and on-premises products has been changed. Among the services affected are Windows 10 Enterprise and Office 2019.
Microsoft says the reason for the change is to create a stable and transparent price model across purchasing channels.
The adjustments include structural changes across channels and individual price tweaks for some solutions.
In the announcement, Microsoft announced the core changes as the following:
- Establishing a single, consistent starting price across all programs aligned to web direct for online services (OLS)
- Removing the programmatic volume discounts (Level A and Open Level C) in Enterprise Agreement (EA)/EA Subscription, MPSA, Select/ Select Plus, and Open programs (Open, Open Value, Open Value Subscription)
- Aligning government pricing for on-premises and online services to the lowest commercial price in EA/EAS, MPSA, Select Plus, and Open Programs
- Delivering a newly designed Customer Price Sheet that better outlines how a customer's price was derived (direct EA/EAS only)
In terms of individual price changes, the company says Office 2019 will cost 10% more compared to the current on-remises cost. This change will include Enterprise Client Access Licenses (CAL), Core CAL and server products.
Windows 10 Enterprise Price Changes
Microsoft is both changing the pricing and streamlining branding for Windows 10 Enterprise.
Windows 10 Enterprise E3 per User is now becoming simply Windows 10 Enterprise E3. The per device version of the platform will become simple Windows 10 Enterprise. Microsoft is increasing the price of the per device version to match the per User version.
Windows 10 Enterprise E5 has been discontinued.