Once again, Microsoft positions another strong “Mobile First, Cloud First” message with its latest announcement that on-premise User CAL pricing will increase by approximately 13% as of August 1, 2015. With the advent of enterprise BYOD, task workers are using BYOD almost as frequently as information workers; in other words, employees of all levels are requesting access to the corporate network on their own devices, which makes the User CAL the more cost-effective alternative, even with the 13% price increase.
Microsoft’s investment to support multiple devices in phones and tablets alongside cross-platform functionality with Apple and Android has increased the means with which users can access on-premise servers that are licensed with CAL Suites. The pricing of Device CALs will not be affected, but again that is a result of the growing ubiquity of BYOD’s relevance to the User CAL as opposed to a strategic move to maintain the price of Device CAL. The bottom line – this price increase affects all on-premise, per user CALs.
Since the User CAL price increase goes into effect in July, there’s significant incentive to renew your existing User CAL agreement in June to avoid this cost increase. However, if you enroll in a cloud-based license agreement such as Enterprise Mobility Suite, Enterprise Cloud Suite, or Office 365 Enterprise, then your users will still have access to on-premise servers with the added functionality of cloud services.
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