Microsoft will increase enterprise software and hardware prices by 10 to 18 per cent from December 1, 2000, due to the unstable Australian dollar.
Business application software, operating systems, server software and development tools prices will rise in a month's time, while existing consumer, reference and games products will rise after the Christmas season on January 1, 2001.
Microsoft said customers with fixed Enterprise Agreements would not be affected by the change.
Apple Australia has also announced price rises across its entire product range.
To take effect from November 6, 2000, the iMac range will increase between 6.5 and 12.5 per cent; Power Macintosh desktops between 7 and 10 per cent; iBook range between 6.5 and 8.5 per cent and the PowerBook G3 series will increase between 6 and 6.5 per cent.