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A Decade Later: Microsoft Increases Its Office & Microsoft 365 Subscription Prices

Over a decade, and now Microsoft is increasing its Office 365 and Microsoft 365 subscriptions prices. The Redmond based company announced this price change will start on March 1st 2022.

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This price change only affects its service segment, education and consumers have no changes to their prices. That means commercial and business users will be paying more to use this service next year.

Microsoft’s updated pricing is:

  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic (from $5 to $6)
  • Office 365 E3 (from $20 to $23)
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium (from $20 to $22)
  • Office 365 E1 (from $8 to $10)
  • Microsoft 365 E3 (from $32 to $36)
  • Office 365 E5 (from $35 to $38)


This is the first the Office subscription is experiencing a price change, since its launch in 2011. The productivity tool has experienced so much growth since then.

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Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365 said

“Office 365 has grown to over 300 million commercial paid seats. Along the way, we have continuously re-invested to meet the changing needs of our customers.”

“Four years ago, we introduced Microsoft 365 to bring together the best of Office, Windows, and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS).”

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Microsoft 365 has added 24 apps to its suites, that includes Microsoft Teams, Power Apps, Power BI, OneDrive among others. The company says it has 3 main targets for its business.

Firstly, communication and collaboration, where the Teams App is spearheading with over 250 million monthly active users. Also real-tine collaboration within office apps and its cloud storage systems.

Microsoft Office 365 list of Applications and their uses

secondly, Security and compliance, with the increased cyberattacks and breaches hitting companies. Microsoft has data loss prevention for emails, documents and message encryption.

Lastly, AI and automation, artificial intelligence is the future and automation is powering that. Microsoft’s cloud-powered AI automatically creates maps, charts in Excel.

In other news, Microsoft is extending audio conferencing capabilities. It will add unlimited dial-in capabilities for Microsoft Teams meetings. This cuts across the business, enterprise, frontline and government suites in the coming months.

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