LA IT support professionals advise commercial and business users of Microsoft’s software as a service should get ready to pay more for Office 365 starting next year. This will be Microsoft’s first pricing update for Office 365 since its launch over a decade ago. The increased prices will take effect from March 1, 2022, and will not apply to consumer and education subscriptions.
The New Microsoft Office 365 Subscription Plans
Below is a rundown of the new prices you should expect to pay for Microsoft Office 365 monthly subscription plans:
- Microsoft 365 Business Premium will move from $20 to $22 per user
- Microsoft 365 Business Basic will be $6 per user from $5
- The Microsoft 365 E3 variant that includes a version of Windows will be $36 per user from $32
- Office 365 E1 will rise to $10 from $8 per user
- Office 365 E3 will be $23 per user instead of $20
- Office 365 E5 tier will increase to $38 from $35 per user
As you might have noticed, the Microsoft 365 E5 suite pricing will stay unaffected at $57 per user per month. According to Microsoft, not changing the pricing for Microsoft 365 E5 is likely to make it more appealing for many users, considering only 8 percent of its 300 million commercial users use Office 365 E5 Suite. The Firstline worker SKUs, including Microsoft 365 F3 and Microsoft 365 F1, will also remain unaffected by the changes because they are still new in the market.
Reason Behind the Price Increase
While increasing the prices will help Microsoft match its competitors, the primary reason behind the changes is to reflect the increased value the company has delivered to its customers. Increasing the pricing is the other way Microsoft is looking to expand its Office Cloud business.
Since launching Office 365, Microsoft has added 24 apps to its suites and over 1400 additional features and capabilities in three main areas including:
- AI and automation– Microsoft 365 includes intelligent capabilities such as AI-powered real-time translation, transcription, and captions.
- Security and compliance– Security features such as sensitivity labels, data loss prevention for documents and emails, and message encryption have been added to Microsoft 365 suites.
- Communication and collaboration– Microsoft added over 300 new features to its Teams software, including breakout rooms, live reactions, large gallery view, together mode, raise hand, and background effects.
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As you empower your team for a more hybrid and flexible work environment, it’s best to work with a certified Microsoft partner to help reduce your IT expenses and ensure the estate is optimized. At Advanced Networks, we’re a Microsoft-certified partner with decades of experience in Microsoft licensing and IT support. Contact us today if you have questions regarding the upcoming changes, understanding your Microsoft licensing options, or help with all your LA IT support needs.