Microsoft 365 was launched in 2017 as an evolution of Office 365. Spearhead of its cloud services, the addition of applications and features has been a constant to reinforce the benefits of the market leading productivity and collaboration suite and today fully consolidated , especially in the business segment.
Microsoft explains that in the last ten years since the launch of Office 365, it has added multiple capabilities to the service without increasing the price of the subscription. The company says it has added 1,400 new capabilities in three key areas. These include communication and collaboration, security and compliance, artificial intelligence, and automation.
have also been introduced 24 applications in the different offerings. Microsoft 365 They cite Power Apps, Power BI, Power Automate, Stream, Planner, Visio, OneDrive, Yammer and Whiteboard, and the latest to arrive, a Teams that Microsoft has turned into the integrated solution for communications
Microsoft 365 will go up in price
In exchange for all of the above and taking into account that the base price has not risen in a decade, Microsoft believes that it is time to bring it up to date and update it to current times. The price increase will be applied as of March 1, 2022 and will affect the 300 million licenses that the service has in the commercial space. These price adjustments will be applied globally with updates for each local market and approximately in the following terms:
- Microsoft 365 Business Basic: Between 5 to 6 dollars per user more.
- Microsoft 365 Business Premium: $ 20 to $ 22 per user more
- Office 365 E1: Between 8 to 10 dollars of increment.
- Office 365 E3: $ 20-23 increase.
- Office 365 E5: $ 35-38 increase.
- Microsoft 365 E3: Between $ 32 and $ 36 increase.
To “sweeten” the price increase, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to announce an improvement for Teams and that is to offer unlimited dial-up capabilities for meetings in the application. It will be available soon for companies and administrations in 70 countries and with interactive support in 44 languages and dialects, and will be of interest in mobility situations and in general when we do not have a stable Internet connection.
It is important to mention that the price increase will only affect commercial versions of Microsoft 365 . The offer for consumers and for the educational system will not be affected “at this time” . The tagline leaves price increases open in the future also for subscriptions of ordinary users. We do not know if the price increase will also carry over to that of the local version, Office 2021 , which is being developed at Microsoft.
There is broad consensus that Microsoft 365 is the most comprehensive productivity and collaboration computing solution in the industry. This does not mean that there are not high quality alternatives . Example Google Docs / G Suite as an online version and LibreOffice locally, open source, totally free and with plenty of features for most consumers.