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Microsoft licence costs will climb in 2023

Max 04 November, 2022
A cascade of software licence price increases is hitting the hosting industry. The latest news is from Microsoft.

We have news for everyone who purchases licences for any Microsoft software, for example SQL Server or Windows Server Edition, through us. It's not good news, though. In short, you can expect to pay more for those licenses from next year.

This is part of a trend that has already seen cPanel, Plesk and CloudLinux price increases announced for 2023. We never enjoy raising prices, but when our costs go up (and when exchange rates are working against the New Zealand dollar) we don’t have much of a choice.

Details to come

For now our suppliers have let us know that a price rise is on the way, but they haven’t shared new dollar amounts yet. They are waiting on more details from Microsoft. This is why we can’t be specific about the future of our own prices. As soon as we can, we’ll make exact figures available. 

Until then, this is as a heads-up to everyone running Microsoft software that today’s prices will not last much longer. 

If Windows isn’t a must-have, it might be time for a change

Some businesses need Windows hosting. But for others Windows, and the Microsoft products running on top of it, are a preference rather than a necessity.

If your stack runs on Microsoft software, we are happy to keep supporting you. Just be aware that Microsoft's products will always be premium-priced.

On the other hand if you don't have the budget, then switching your software stack to open source alternatives is a great way to add efficiency.

In a lot of cases we recommend our Cloud Containers as a way to manage hosting without paying for Windows or any other software licences. That's because we built the Cloud Container platform ourselves, on top of open source technology including Linux and Docker. It’s quick and easy to spin up a Cloud Container, pick an image to run, and see the flexibility and control that’s on offer.

Or if you want to compare other potential exit plans, talk with us about your options.