Microsoft Announces Licensing Changes

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Microsoft has officially announced 2022 pricing updates for UK customers of Microsoft 365, Office 365 and many related cloud services.

The hugely popular cloud-based collaboration software is used by millions of organisations around the globe, and assists around 300 million end-users to work more productively.

New pricing – the first mainstream increase for a decade – is set to go-live by 1st March 2022, and will see increases of between 0% and 25%, depending on license type.

To help businesses know what to expect, we’ve assembled a short guide to the upcoming changes.

 

Which License Types are affected?

Although exact UK figures have not been published in full yet, indicative US pricing changes are expected to be as follows:

Old Expected %
Microsoft 365 Business Basic $5 $6 20%
Microsoft 365 Business Standard $12.50 $12.50
Microsoft 365 Business Premium $20 $22 10%
Office 365 E1 $8 $10 25%
Office 365 E3 $20 $23 15%
Office 365 E5 $35 $38 9%
Microsoft 365 E3 $32 $36 12.5%
Microsoft 365 E5 $57 $57
Microsoft 365 ‘F’ Plans No Change Expected
Microsoft 365 ‘A’ Plans No Change Expected
Microsoft 365 Personal Plans No Change Expected

 

Will anything stop working?

No – your Microsoft 365-based data and services will continue as normal for as long as a valid subscription is held. Microsoft Partners will continue to provide, deploy, manage and administer licensing, exactly as before.

 

Why is Microsoft making this change?

This is the first such price rise for a decade, and reflects the huge leap forwards in the quality of technology, range of apps and business value of cloud-based services that have been added to Office 365 since the package originally launched in 2011.

 

Any offers… on offer?

Organisations who move to the new licensing in advance of February 2022 deadline are expected to receive a small discount in the first year – to be confirmed. Please contact Lineal for more information.

 

Can I ‘lock in’ the old price in any way?

Customers who renew an annual-term license prior to February 2022 will receive the ‘old’ price until that license expires (potentially February 2023.) Please contact Lineal for more information.

 

So many license types – help!

Don’t panic – we’ve published a handy guide to what each license type contains here: or please contact our team and we’ll be happy to clarify your current or future licensing.

 

Where can I get more information?

Please contact our team via: [email protected] or 01271375999.