Microsoft’s increasing the cost of 365 in March. Here’s how to freeze your price
In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft’s increasing its subscription prices for Microsoft 365 in March.
It’s the first big price rise for a decade. And you can expect to pay around 20 to 40 per cent more. In fact, it’s not just a price increase. Microsoft’s also changing the way it sells 365. It’s a complicated situation and there’s bound to be some short-term pain as we all get used to it.
Here are the basic details of the Microsoft 365 Price Increase
You should talk to your IT support partner over the next few weeks to see exactly how it’s going to affect your business. From March 2022 you’ll have a choice of sticking with the rolling month by month contract and swallowing the price increase. Or you can commit to a 12-month agreement.
The big benefit of an agreement is that it’ll lock your current pricing for a year. But there’s a downside – you’ll lose flexibility.
During your contract you can increase the number of licenses you use… but you can’t decrease them. In real terms, that means if you take on more staff, it won’t be a problem to give them access to the essential business tools they need. But if your headcount goes down for any reason you’ll have to pay for the 365 licenses you no longer need.
The other option then is to have a monthly rolling contract. You can add or remove licences as needed, but overall the price will be higher. For some businesses, that flexibility will be worth paying extra for, and better value long-term. It’s worth thinking through your plans for the next 15 months before making a decision.
If you want to talk through which option’s going to be best for you, do give us a call 0n 0333 7721 700.
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