So a few days back I was considering whether we should take the plunge and fork out for an MSDN subscription for all our developers, there is five of us and given where we want to be it made sense.
This was a cost that had been budgeted for so, in theory, this should not be a problem, but as with all large purchases, and for a small firm, 5 MSDN subscriptions is a Large purchase, which meant that we had to get approval from above so I went to this site to confirm prices.
5 x $1199 even at silly exchange rates, should be less than £5K, so I thought, this would be an easy sell as it was less than we had budgeted, boy was I wrong.
If you are in the UK, you can see for yourself here, which shows you this:
The exchange rate used by Microsoft is $1 = £1.01, rather than $1 = £0.68, so close to 50% surcharge.
To put it another way, if we converted back to dollars, the price would be ~ $1780 rather than $1199.
I really like to hear an explanation from Microsoft, it certainly can't be the taxes the have to pay in this country, as the sales will probably be billed to the Irish subsidiary.
For the record this is the exchange rate today, according to Google:
and for the really lazy:
I know there are resellers out there that do a cheaper price, it still does not change the fact that Microsoft itself applies an almost 50% surcharge to UK developers.