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Microsoft charts the price increase for most Office and Microsoft 365 subscriptions

Microsoft charts the price increase for most Office and Microsoft 365 subscriptions

The increases, which could reach 25%, are scheduled for March 1, 2022 and will affect most business and commercial plans.

Microsoft has revealed plans to increase the prices of various Microsoft 365 and Office 365 subscription plans by up to 25%. The increases will take effect on March 1, 2022.

The developer from Redmond, Washington justified the higher prices by stating and then specifying in detail the additions to the plans from the debut of Office 365 in June 2011. “This updated price reflects the increased value we have delivered to our customers over the last ten years. years, «said Jared Spataro, Microsoft 365 corporate vice president, in an August 19 post on the company’s blog.

Spataro also said that this was the first price increase in Office 365 life, although he described it as «the first substantial price update (emphasis added» in that post suite, all of which made those suites less competitive). with Office 365 subscriptions, there was at least one case where Microsoft increased the latter.

In 2014, the company increased the prices of the plans by about 15% for some business customers, a percentage increase higher than many of the plans scheduled to increase in March.

Prices are between 9% and 25% higher

Most, but not all, business and commercial plans will increase in March. Dollar amounts range from $ 1 to $ 4 per user per month or from $ 12 to $ 48 per user per year, with percentage increases ranging from a minimum of 9% to a maximum of 25%.

Microsoft has listed the new prices as:

  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic, up to $ 1 to $ 6 per month per user.
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium, up to $ 2 to $ 22 per month, per user.
  • Office 365 E1, up to 2 to 10 USD per month, per user.
  • Office 365 E3, up to 3 to $ 23 per month, per user.
  • Office 365 E5, up to 3 to 38 USD per month, per user.
  • Microsoft 365 E3, up to 4 to 36 USD per month, per user.

Some plans have remained unchanged, including the relatively recent F-Series for front-line workers, as well as Microsoft’s more expensive and complete Microsoft 365 E5 subscription plan, which sells for $ 57 per user per month.

Also, specific consumption and education plans were not affected. «There are no changes in the prices of education and consumer products at this time,» said Spataro, with the expression «at this time» jumping and probably the ad increases there as well.

These increases came a few months after Microsoft announced that its upcoming perpetual Office license, the paid edition that grants rights to run the software for as long as you want, will be priced 10% higher for the Enterprise edition., Office LTSC. . This increase was interpreted as another effort by Microsoft to launch perpetual editions in a weak competitive light. Such comparisons have lost some of their validity now that Microsoft’s subscription costs have risen, but, as Computerworld mentioned in February, Redmond’s decision to reduce support for Office LTSC to five years will have a greater impact than price. when weighing the two license models.