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Microsoft Is Increasing Prices for Office 365, but It Won’t Affect Everyone

Microsoft Office 365 on the web under magnifying glass

Microsoft’s long-running Microsoft 365 and Office 365 services will see a price increase on March 1, 2022, a first for the services in over a decade. However, only business and commercial users will be affected by the raised prices; education and consumer users will see no change.

According to Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft 365, the “updated pricing reflects the increased value we have delivered to our customers over the past ten years.” How much the prices increase varies by product, but it’s only by a few dollars overall. Here’s the breakdown by product:

  • Office 365 E1: From $8 to $10
  • Office 365 E3: From $20 to $23
  • Office 365 E5: From $35 to $38
  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic: From $5 to $6
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium: From $20 to $22
  • Microsoft 365 E3: From $32 to $36

It’s now been a decade since Office 365 launched across 40 different markets. Microsoft has continuously updated the software since then with features focused on collaboration, communication, security, compliance, AI, and automation.

The suite first launched with seven programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Lync, Exchange, and InfoPath. Now, more than 20 other programs have been added (either whole or in part), including Access, Bookings, Delve, Forms, GroupMe, Kaizala, Lens, List, OneDrive, OneNote Class Notebook, Planner, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI, Publisher, SharePoint, Staff Hub, Stream, Sway, Teams, To-Do, Visio, Whiteboard, and Yammer.

The company also announced unlimited dial-in capabilities for Microsoft Teams across enterprise, frontline, business, and government suites, which will roll out over the next few months. The feature is available, with subscription, in more than 70 countries with interactive support in 44 languages and dialects. This makes it easier to stay connected even in areas with poor internet connectivity.

Source: Microsoft via The Verge

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