I was interested in using Microsoft Windows Intune as a service at work. A nice simple centralised service with an online presence is perfect for a company with lots of people on the road. Plus it gives you access to Windows 7 Enterprise edition. I think I have changed my mind about considering Intune now. Here’s why.
The listed price (before tax) is $11 in the USA, per machine, per month. Not bad. Take the exchange rate into account and that should be just under €8/month. I know the USD is weak so I could live with €9 for the price over the long term. I saw no listed price for Ireland. With MS online services, I’ve found you have to log in with your live ID to see the price for your region. So I did that and the price was ….
That works out as $15.44 before tax. In other words, Microsoft are charging 40% more for Intune, before tax, if you are living in Ireland. Why exactly is that? I remember in Vista days when the same currency symbol swapping was done and the exchange rate was blamed. It was BS and everyone knew it. I was genuinely and ahppily surprised when I saw a real conversion on the price of Windows 7. I cannot wait to hear why it’s happening now with Intune.
The product might be good, and the future excellent, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to put up with that sort of pricing.
I’ll be interested to hear what rates MS are charging for Intune in your region. Post a comment to share.