Microsoft Price Increases: Here it Comes Again! | NET(net), Inc.

Per Microsoft Price Increases: Here it Comes Again! | NET(net), Inc., Microsoft cost to the enterprise has been fairly consistent in increasing annually.

Of  Net(net)’s recommendations in the article, I’d like to add a bit more depth to this one:

“1.  Review your overall infrastructure platform plan including Windows Server (not only Datacenter) and its competitors, as well as your desktop virtualization plans and competitors to RDS.”

The monthly cost delta between MS-Office and alternatives, both commercial (e.g. Google Apps) and open-source (Apache OpenOffice or LibreOffice) is not decreasing.  One F500 CIO mentioned their internal analysis showed a 4.5X higher cost, per month, per desktop, for MS-Office than an alternative.  If you then add on Microsoft’s VDA tax for using the desktop OS instead of alternatives (e.g. browsers or even Linux) the 4.5X becomes 6.5X.

Think of it….as much as 6.5x greater cost per month per desktop to use Microsoft vs other office productivity solutions….

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