The use of subscription models for Microsoft’s various Office applications is becoming more expensive. The Redmond-based software group has announced a price increase for the first time since the Office 365 offer was introduced – and it is quite juicy.
Depending on the model used, up to 20% more will be due when the new prices come into effect on March 1, 2022. However, this first affects business customers, who buy larger contingents for many users. It is still unclear whether something will change for private individuals who are currently using Office 365 with annual licenses.
And this is how the price increases will look in the future:
- Microsoft 365 Business Basic: From $5 to $6
- 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 prices quoted are valid per month. As Microsoft explained, the adjustments are carried out in all markets worldwide in the respective local currencies and taking into account the respective special features on-site. What this means in detail for the costs in Germany has not yet been published.
Price Was Never Increased Before
The head of the Microsoft 365 team, Jared Spataro, justified the move with the fact that there has never been a price increase for these products. In view of the development of currencies worldwide, an inflation-related adjustment is basically overdue from the Redmond-based company’s point of view. In all likelihood, it will primarily hit smaller companies who book the standard packages offered directly. Large customers usually negotiate special conditions with the provider.
The time for the price increase is very good for Microsoft. Because the time of the corona pandemic made it clear to many corporate customers how important these cloud-based ones are Applications for your business in the future are when it will be completely normal in most companies for employees to be significantly more flexible when choosing their workplace – office or home office.
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