On 19 August 2021, Microsoft announced an update to their commercial pricing for Microsoft 365. This is the first substantive update to its pricing since Office 365 was released in June 2011, and is designed to reflect the innovation that Microsoft has made within the suite over the last ten years.
To help meet the needs of its customers, Microsoft has added 24 new apps since initial release – including Microsoft Teams – and over 1,400 features like data loss prevention (DLP) for documents and emails, Office messaging encryption, and attack surface reduction capabilities. Many have embraced the benefits, flexibility and features of these apps, particularly during the pandemic, making them a mainstream part of their organisations.
Microsoft has confirmed that the price increases will go into effect in the US on 1 March 2022:
- Microsoft 365 Business Basic (will rise from $5 to $6 per user)
- Microsoft 365 Business Premium (will rise from $20 to $22)
We are currently awaiting confirmation of UK prices by Microsoft and will inform customers once we hear, but they are expected to take effect form 1 March 2022 too. These costs will be passed on directly to our customers and as normal, we do not charge an uplift on Microsoft products, so you will pay the same with us that you do with Microsoft.