Some organizations are going to have to budget more next year for Microsoft’s new pricing on six Microsoft 365 & Office 365 products effective March 1, 2022.
The subscription prices will increase on the following products:
- Microsoft 365 Business Basic will increase from $5 to $6 per user
- Microsoft 365 Business Premium will increase from $20 to $22
- Office 365 E1 will increase from $8 to $10
- Office 365 E3 will increase from $20 to $23
- Office 365 E5 will increase from $35 to $38
- Microsoft 365 E3 will increase from $32 to $36
The price increases will apply globally with local market adjustments for certain regions, according to the blog post. For those in the education and consumer product sectors, there will be no changes to pricing.
Microsoft 365 corporate VP Jared Spataro called this, “the first substantive pricing update since we launched Office 365 a decade ago.”
The company also announced it is adding unlimited dial-in capabilities for Microsoft Teams meetings across enterprise, business, frontline, and government suites over the next few months, meaning users will be able to join their Microsoft Teams meeting from virtually any device regardless of location.
Since introducing Microsoft 365 the company has added 24 apps to the suites—Microsoft Teams, Power Apps, Power BI, Power Automate, Stream, Planner, Visio, OneDrive, Yammer, and Whiteboard—and have released over 1,400 new features and capabilities in three key areas: collaboration, security, and AI.
In 2017, Microsoft launched Teams as the integrated solution to meet, chat, call, collaborate, and automation business processes all with the power of the Office apps.
Last year, Microsoft released over 300 new capabilities including Together mode, background effects, large gallery view, raise hand, live reactions, breakout rooms, live captions with speaker attribution, and Fluid components.
“Microsoft Teams is the new front end across work, life, and learning for more than 250 million monthly active users,” said Spataro, in the blog post.
Microsoft has added the following security and compliance capabilities:
- new attack surface reduction abilities to help organizations defend against ransomware and other threats
- data loss prevention (DLP) for email and documents, sensitivity labels, and message encryption to help keep important data within the organization
- mobile device management (MDM) and other management tools like Microsoft Endpoint Manager help admins support remote and hybrid workforces
“As leaders around the world look to empower their people for a more flexible, hybrid world of work, it’s clear that every organization will need a new operating model across people, places, and processes,” said Spataro, in a blog post. “We’re committed to building on the value we’ve delivered over the past decade to continuously provide innovation that helps our customers succeed and thrive today and well into the future.”