Microsoft Office 365 cost hike delayed for some users

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Microsoft has decided to delay the planned Office 365 price increase for some of its reseller partners for an additional two weeks.

In August last year, the software giant announced in a blog post that its first “substantial” price increase since the launch of Office 365 in 2011 was to take place on March 1, 2022.

For those unfamiliar with Microsoft’s price changes, Microsoft 365 Business Basic will go from $5 to $6 per user per year, Microsoft 365 Business Premium will go from $20 to $22, Office 365 E1 will go from $8 to $10, Office 365 E3 will drop from $20 to $23, Office 365 E5 will drop from $35 to $38, and Microsoft 365 E3 will drop from $32 to $36.

Fortunately, prices won’t increase at this time for Microsoft’s consumer or education customers, but businesses that use Microsoft’s desktop software can expect to pay a little more depending on the number. number of employees they have when they need to renew their subscriptions.

Price grace period

In one supporting document released in late February, Microsoft informed its reseller partners that it had created a “transitional grace period” due to high demand from companies seeking to renew their subscriptions before the company’s pricing changes take effect.

As a result, cloud solution providers (CSPs) now have until 5:00 p.m. PDT March 14 or 12:00 UTC March 15 to submit transactions and have them charged at the software giant’s February 2022 price. This means that the next few weeks are likely to be very busy for CSPs, as companies try to renew with the old Office 365 price one last time.

While Microsoft has waited more than a decade to increase the price of Office 365 and Microsoft 365, some companies may turn to Google Workspace or other Microsoft Office alternatives after the planned price increase is implemented. by the company.

Via ZDNet

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