From Techcrunch: UK businesses that buy enterprise software or cloud services from Microsoft are facing a price hike from January 1.

On Friday Microsoft quietly released the news of changes to pricing for volume licensing products via its UK TechNet blog for IT professionals — saying it was revising pricing in pound sterling to “ensure there is reasonable alignment across the region”.

On-premise enterprise software prices will be rising by 13 per cent, while “most” enterprise cloud prices in British pounds will increase by 22 per cent to — in Microsoft’s words — “realign close to euro levels”.

The reason for rising prices is of course the June referendum in the UK on continued membership of the European Union — with the shock no vote sending the value of the pound nosediving. Some analysts are now predicting Sterling will hit parity with the euro and drop to just $1.10 by the end of 2017.

Microsoft doesn’t mention the ‘B’ word specifically but describes the price rise as a “harmonisation adjustment” — similar to ones it made in April for pricing in Norwegian krone and Swiss franc.

TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher contributed to this report – see for full article.