Microsoft Support Options

Whether you are looking to resolve a product issue at home, searching for technical expertise at work or wanting to develop product solutions, Microsoft provides a variety of assisted support services to meet your requirements.

Self-help Support

Support for software that was supplied with your PC

If Microsoft software was preinstalled on your computer (OEM software), your supplier may be the most appropriate resource for technical support. Find out how to get support from your computer supplier..

Support for Microsoft software you purchased separately

If you purchased Microsoft software separately, like in a nylon wrapped box or case or as a download from Microsoft Store, you can contact Microsoft directly for support. For a number of products, like Windows or Office, and issues like installation problems, you can get a ? limited ? number of support incidents free of charge. Whether your product and issue are eligible for free support or not, you can find out on the Microsoft Online Assisted Support page. Also when contacting us we will tell you clearly whether support will be free or whether you need to pay, and how much.

Hours of Service

Microsoft technical support is provided 08:00 ? 18:00 Monday to Friday and 09:00 - 18:00 Saturday, excluding Bank Holidays and Microsoft observed holidays. During these hours you can reach us on the phone. On the web you can contact us anytime, and we will come back to you during our hours of operation.

Support for Small and Medium Businesses

Self-help support

Cloud and Online Services

Each cloud product has support options available to you. Self-assist options include searching technical documentation and guidance, as well as, connecting with others in online communities. Some cloud products have assisted support available via email and or phone.
Cloud and Online Services Support options

Professional support

Professional Support provides you with access to Microsoft experts, to help you address problems encountered with the development, deployment and management of Microsoft software in commercial environments. Professional Support is available on a per incident basis, over the phone or via the web.

Microsoft Professional Support provides support in one single incident or ?Pay-per-incident? (PPI). Support incidents provide support that focus on troubleshooting a specific problem, error message, or functionality that is not working as intended for Microsoft products. An incident is defined as a single support issue and the reasonable effort to resolve it.

  • PPI during business hours (Telephone and Web) £199 + VAT
  • 24x7 Pay per incident £398 + VAT

Professional PPI is available during normal business hours: 8:00 AM ? 6:00 PM Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays. Response time will be between 2 and 8 hours, depending on severity.

Professional Advisory

Professional Advisory is designed for Customers, to provide how to advice and information to enable them to deliver their own solution e.g. providing recommendations and best practices for design, development and deployment, leveraging Microsoft products and technologies.

Note: We do not include Microsoft hands on configuration, writing custom code, onsite consulting, root cause analysis or account management.

Microsoft provides Professional Advisory for the same price as a support incident. The delivery time must be similar to a support incident, typically 2 to 3 hours. Requests may be rescoped to fit the limited delivery time or the service may be declined. For longer duration requests or to have the solution delivered for you, customers should get support from Microsoft partners (partners do not accept support incidents).

Advisory is not available outside normal business: 8:00 AM ? 6:00 PM Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays. Response time will be 8 hours, severity C only.

Programmatic Support

When you have a Multi Year Open license or an Open Subscription licence you may be entitled to no-charge telephone or online support incidents.

Support from Microsoft Partners

Microsoft Partners are the technical experts that Microsoft relies on to deliver Microsoft solutions to customers.

Microsoft Pinpoint helps business customers find technology experts, software applications and professional services that solve specific business issues and support long-term goals. At the same time, Pinpoint helps developers and technology service providers get applications and professional services to the customers who need them. Whether you?re searching for expert help or offering it, Pinpoint helps you create business opportunities that contribute to your success.

Frequently asked questions

For FAQs please click here

Support for IT Professionals and Developers

Self-help support

Cloud and Online Services

Each cloud product has support options available to you. Self-assist options include searching technical documentation and guidance, as well as, connecting with others in online communities. Some cloud products have assisted support available via email and or phone.
Cloud and Online Services Support options

Professional support

Professional Support provides you with access to Microsoft experts, to help you address problems encountered with the development, deployment and management of Microsoft software in commercial environments. Professional Support is available on a per incident basis, over the phone or via the web.

Microsoft Professional Support provides support in one single incident or ?Pay-per-incident? (PPI). Support incidents provide support that focus on troubleshooting a specific problem, error message, or functionality that is not working as intended for Microsoft products. An incident is defined as a single support issue and the reasonable effort to resolve it.

  • PPI during business hours (Telephone and Web) £199 + VAT
  • 24x7 Pay per incident £398 + VAT

Professional PPI is available during normal business hours: 8:00 AM ? 6:00 PM Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays. Response time will be between 2 and 8 hours, depending on severity.

Professional Advisory

Professional Advisory is designed for Customers, to provide how to advice and information to enable them to deliver their own solution e.g. providing recommendations and best practices for design, development and deployment, leveraging Microsoft products and technologies.

Note: We do not include Microsoft hands on configuration, writing custom code, onsite consulting, root cause analysis or account management.

Microsoft provides Professional Advisory for the same price as a support incident. The delivery time must be similar to a support incident, typically 2 to 3 hours. Requests may be rescoped to fit the limited delivery time or the service may be declined. For longer duration requests or to have the solution delivered for you, customers should get support from Microsoft partners (partners do not accept support incidents).

Advisory is not available outside normal business: 8:00 AM ? 6:00 PM Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays. Response time will be 8 hours, severity C only.

Microsoft Partners should use their Partner Advisory hours and contact the Technical Presales and Advisory Services team. Partners may have Advisory hours included in their MPN support benefits and all partners can buy advisory hours.

Software Assurance Customers should consider Planning Services for 1 to 15 days deployment planning help at no additional cost.

Customers or Partners who need the top level of Microsoft support and a range of exclusive services, should consider Microsoft Premier Support.

Azure Support options

Microsoft Azure offers flexible support options for customers of all sizes - from developers starting their journey in the cloud to enterprises deploying business critical applications.

Please sign in to manage.windowsazure.com and enter you Access ID and Contract ID to enable existing programmatic support options to be used.

Advisory is only available for Azure professional direct or Premier contracts

Programmatic Support

Click on the appropriate link to find out whether you are entitled to no-charge telephone or online support incidents if:

Support from Microsoft Partners

Microsoft Partners are the technical experts that Microsoft relies on to deliver Microsoft solutions to customers.

Microsoft Pinpoint helps business customers find technology experts, software applications and professional services that solve specific business issues and support long-term goals. At the same time, Pinpoint helps developers and technology service providers get applications and professional services to the customers who need them. Whether you?re searching for expert help or offering it, Pinpoint helps you create business opportunities that contribute to your success.

Frequently asked questions

For FAQs please click here

Support for Premier Customers

If your business requires 24/7 premium-level support, with a designated Technical Account Manager to help define custom support options that align strategically with your IT landscape, or you are already a Premier customer and your require support, please visit Microsoft Premier Support.

Support for Microsoft Partners

If you are a Microsoft Partner looking for support options that enable you to provide your customers with the highest possible level of service, please review your MPN Support benefits.

The Microsoft Partner Support Community is available to all partners and enables unlimited, no-cost support for Technical and non-technical requests with a guaranteed response, typically 1 business day (variable per forum and membership level).

Microsoft Consulting Services

If you are looking for IT strategy, development and infrastructure services to help you design, implement and deploy leading edge Microsoft technologies in your business, please visit Microsoft Consulting Services.

Last Review : 16 June 2014