“On December 1, Microsoft will start charging enterprises a lot more money for some of its most popular software,” Julie Bort reports for Business Insider. “By charging more for something it calls a ‘user client-access license,’ Microsoft is going to hit businesses where employees use its software on more than one device with a stealth price hike.”

“Microsoft has two kinds of client access licenses, or CALs. One is a ‘device CAL’ and it covers each device, no matter how many employees use that device. This is good for companies where one PC is shared by many employees, such as a PC in a nurse’s station or a warehouse,” Bort reports. “The other is a ‘user CAL’ and it covers each employee, no matter how many devices that employee uses.”

Bort reports, “It used to be that device CALs and user CALs cost the same—making the user CAL a much smarter bet for bring-your-own-device workplaces. But on December 1, Microsoft will be increasing the prices for the user CAL by 15 percent.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That’s not going to get companies to waste their money on Surfaces and Windows Phones, Microsoft, but it just might get them to finally explore alternatives to your over-priced crapware.

Punishing your customers for your myriad failures is a recipe for destruction.

Let the acceleration of the Microsoft train wreck begin!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” and “Adam Parker” for the heads up.]

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