Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT ) has increased its licensing fees by 15%. It is mainly focusing at the corporations with a high percentage of mobile device handling employees. Presently, both device and user client access licenses, which are more popularly known as CALs, are charged the same. According to TechCrunch, the User CAL for select products is supposed to increase on 1st December.
A User Cal is meant for businesses with employees, who use mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. A Device CAL is similar but is designed for one device that can be accessed by multiple workers. In this case, the hike in price affects the User CAL for several products, with the exception of those having contracts that were agreed before and stay effective after the change in price occurs.
Businesses, who are buying new licenses, may have to pay the higher fee. Also, the present businesses will have to do the same when it comes time to renewing their agreements. Most probably, this could drive more companies to examine and cut back on the number of mobile devices they are using as of now and will need a more meticulous eye on the number of iPads and likes that will be included in the workforce as mobile devices grow more popular. Products that will go through an increase in fees include Enterprise CAL Suite, Bing Maps Server CAL, Projects Server CAL, Core CAL Suite and others.
It goes without doubt that Microsoft sees the opportunity for substantial revenue in the world device implementation. Since it has made the change, other businesses jacking their licensing rates would be likely, even though, the number of stands is yet to be seen. Microsoft is making this move after the explosion in mobile device usage that has taken place over the last few years.