Microsoft has announced a revamp in commercial pricing of Office 365 products. The move is expected to reflect in revised price of Office 365 offerings from 1st March, 2022 i.e. in a period of six months from now. The price increase comes in the wake of continuous development and integration of new features in the Office 365 portfolio. It has taken nearly 10 years for the Office 365 prices to be revised. Since the initial launch in 2011, the Office 365 products’ offering have not had any price changes in the past decade.
With over 300 million paid commercial seats for Office 365, Microsoft is in a unique position to augment its feature offerings through an evolutionary cycle of Office 365 products. Microsoft has augmented the feature set of Office 365 by adding 24 new apps over the previous 10 years. Some of the better known apps added by Microsoft are – Microsoft Teams, Power Apps, Power BI, Power Automate, Stream, Planner, Visio, OneDrive, Yammer, and Whiteboard. Microsoft Teams has gone on to become one of the mainstays of the Office 365 offerings during the past year and a half of the pandemic and curtailed office working for the employee taskforce.
Since the initial launch, there have been over 1400 feature upgrades on the Office 365 offerings. As part of the global price restructuring, the following commercial products will see their prices revised as under from 1st March, 2022:
- Microsoft 365 Business Basic – from $5 to $6 per user
- Microsoft 365 Business Premium – from $20 to $22
- Office 365 E1 – from $8 to $10
- Office 365 E3 – from $20 to $23
- Office 365 E5 – from $35 to $38
- Microsoft 365 E3 – from $32 to $36
The steepest hike is on the Office 365 E1 with a price hike of 25%, while other prices have risen between 15-20$ across the other product offerings. Microsoft has stated that there may be some local price adjustments for specific geographic locations to take care of local market demands and special situations. You may read about the latest price offerings of Office 365 by visiting the page on Microsoft website.
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