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From July 1st, on-premise User CAL pricing will increase 15% across all Microsoft volume licensing programs. On-premise Device CAL pricing will not change.

Microsoft CAL (client access license) licenses are available both on a per user and per device basis and were priced the same up until December 2012. The on-premise User CAL increase is another sign that Microsoft’s Mobile First, Cloud First strategy continues to steer the direction of the company. It is also a move that encourages customers to adopt Microsoft Office365 cloud solutions as the per user CAL increase only impacts on-premise deployments and not cloud based ones.

Notes and comments:

  • On-premise Device CAL pricing will not change.
  • Customers that have purchased user CALs on a fixed price annuity agreement (Enterprise Agreement, ESA, SCE, OVS, OVP) won’t be affectedduring the term of their current agreement.
  • Now is the time to consider a cloud based agreement such as Office 365 Enterprise, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Enterprise Cloud Suite (dependent on the size of your organization).
  • Forestall the July price increase by purchasing on-premise User CALs in June.

If you have any questions or queries call our Microsoft Licensing Team on 021 4515590 or email info@micromail.ie

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Visual Studio 2015 is due to be released later this year and with it the former Visual Studio Premium with MSDN and Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN subscriptions will both disappear, to be replaced by the new Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN level. Visual Studio Professional with MSDN will continue to be available.

What is Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN?

This new edition includes all the high value features that were present in Visual Studio Ultimate, along with new innovation that’s coming with the 2015 release.

  • End-to-end solution for your development teams, including the most feature-rich Visual Studio IDE for working on any type of project.
  • Build quality applications at scale with advanced features such as Load Testing, automated and manual testing and new IntelliTest capabilities.
  • Manage complexity and resolve issues quickly with features such as Code Map and IntelliTrace
  • Enhanced MSDN subscription benefits including comprehensive access to software for dev/test, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Online Advanced, $150/month in Azure credits, training and support.


Don’t have Visual Studio Premium with MSDN yet?

Buy or renew Visual Studio Premium with MSDN now and be automatically upgraded to Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN when Visual Studio 2015 is released later this year.
For the price of Visual Studio Premium with MSDN, you will get Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN, the top-end IDE and the most comprehensive solution set ever offered for creating, modernizing, operating, and scaling business applications.

Upgrade to Visual Studio Premium with MSDN

Upgrade from Visual Studio Professional with MSDN or Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN to Visual Studio Premium with MSDN for 50% off the regular list price and get a free upgrade to Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN automatically when we release Visual Studio 2015. This Upgrade Promo ends on June 30th. *

* Upgrade Promo notes:

Eligible Licenses:
Only active Visual Studio Professional with MSDN and Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN licenses purchased prior to April 1st 2015 will be eligible for this upgrade promotion.

Eligible Microsoft Volume Licensing Programs:
The promotion is available for purchase in the following Microsoft Volume Licensing programs: Enterprise Agreement (including SCE), Select, Select Plus, Open Value, Open Value Subscription, Campus Agreement. Notably, the Open program does not offer upgrade purchase (also called “step-ups”).

Promotion duration: May 1, 2015-June 30, 2015.

If you have any questions or queries call the Micromail Microsoft Licensing Team on 021 4515590 or email info@micromail.ie

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