Over the past decade, Microsoft has hugely developed its offering. Microsoft 365 has been a breakthrough for our customers, providing a subscription-based platform using all the best loved and popular Office applications as well as a whole lot more. Communication is also a mainstay of Microsoft’s offering, with apps such as Microsoft Teams, Audio Conferencing, Stream, Planner and Yammer etc, providing an easy way to collaborate with your teammates.
With hybrid working now a regular occurrence in the working world, every company requires a model that can flex around their needs and Microsoft have provided this.
For the first time in a number of years, Microsoft are changing the terms of their offering and are also raising prices for Office 365 and Microsoft 365 services. The new pricing comes into effect on 1st March 2022.
What do you need to know?
Prices are expected to rise up to 20%, for those on an annual commitment. GBP prices will be available later this month and as soon as we have them, we’ll update our customers.
Contract terms are also changing. If you are currently on a month-to-month subscription and want to continue to have the ability to add and remove licences from one month to the next, paying as used, then the expected price rise is around 40%.
The best value is therefore to enter into a 12-month contract with Microsoft – you can add licences as your business grows, but you are unable to remove licences. It’s a yearlong commitment and intended to keep things simple for you.
It is worth noting, that Microsoft is allowing businesses to mix monthly and annual licensing models, so if you have temporary staff for example, you can pay for these on a flexible monthly tariff, and for fixed members of staff, you can place these on an annual commitment, and save on costs.
Do I need to pay for the year contract up front?
If you are one of our support customers, then no, you can continue to be invoiced and pay on a monthly schedule.
If you have any questions about the new pricing or need guidance on anything in this article, feel free to get in touch by emailing us at email@example.com or give us a call on 0800 6521 365.