The Microsoft 2007 Exchange element of MS Small Business Server 2008 goes end of life in April 2017. This means that there will be no further security updates so you need to think about upgrading your server and software now. The replacement for this product is Server 2012 or 2016 with Exchange 2010 or Office 365. Microsoft no longer do an OEM version of Exchange therefore this option is very expensive when combined with Server 2012/2016, in comparison, to the prices paid when purchasing Small Business Server. Intentionally, I believe to drive customers to take up Office 365 because low up- front costs.
However, buyer beware, prices for on premise software i.e. Server 2012 & 2016 are due to rise by 13% on the 1st January 2017 and a whopping 22% on cloud software.
The changes come as a response to the weaker value of the pound, which has dropped precipitously in the months following June’s Brexit vote. Microsoft said that the new prices have been adjusted in order to “realign close to euro levels”.
Microsoft stated “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. These changes are similar to the recent harmonisation adjustments to pricing in Norwegian krone and Swiss franc we made in April 2016.”
“Even after this adjustment, customers across the region buying in British pound will still find our cloud offerings highly competitive,” the company wrote as part of a blog post announcing the changes.
Microsoft also pointed out that existing business customers with Office 365 agreements have price protection on software and cloud services they’ve already ordered, so these will not be affected by the rises of their subscription term, which is usually 12 months.
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