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August 20, 2021

Microsoft 365 and Office 365 prices to rise next year

Microsoft yesterday announced the first “substantial price update” for Office 365 since its launch in 2011.

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has announced a series of price increases for Microsoft 365 and Office 365 subscriptions.
  • The price of consumer, education and Microsoft 365 E5 subscriptions will remain the same.
  • This is the first “substantial price update” to Office 365 since its launch in 2011.

Microsoft has announced changes to the pricing of several Office 365 and Microsoft 365 plans. The increased prices will take effect on March 1, 2022. The biggest increase is for a Microsoft 365 E3 subscription, which goes up by $48 per year per user. The consumer, education, and Microsoft 365 E5 versions of Microsoft 365 will not increase in price.

This is Microsoft’s first “substantial price update” to Office 365 since it launched a decade ago. There have been some minor price changes over the years, but Microsoft’s wording is correct.

Since its initial launch, Office 365 has increased in value while remaining the same price. More recently, since the launch of Microsoft 365 in 2017, 24 apps have been added to Microsoft 365 and Office 365, including Microsoft Teams, Power Apps, Power BI, Power Automate, Stream, Planner, Visio, OneDrive, Yammer, and Whiteboard. Many of those apps have no additional costs for subscribers. Microsoft also emphasizes that it has added more than 1,400 new features in the last ten years.

Source: windows central

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