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Apr 12, 2001

Effective next year, pricing for all commercial plans of Microsoft 365 will be increased as a way to compensate for the "increased value" Microsoft's suite of tools has provided to customers over the last ten years, Microsoft has announced.


In a blog post late last week, the company says the new changes are the first time it has substantively increased the price of Office 365 since it launched a decade ago. Microsoft notes some of the ways that Microsoft 365 has grown in prominence over the last year, including that it has added 24 different apps to its suite of tools.
Since its launch a decade ago, 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). That same year we added Microsoft Teams as the only integrated solution where you can meet, chat, call, collaborate, and automate business processes—right in the flow of work.

In fact, since introducing Microsoft 365 we have 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.
The pricing increases are small, consisting of only $2-$4 hikes, and are as followed:
Microsoft 365 Business Basic (from $5 to $6 per user), Microsoft 365 Business Premium (from $20 to $22), Office 365 E1 (from $8 to $10), Office 365 E3 (from $20 to $23), Office 365 E5 (from $35 to $38), and Microsoft 365 E3 (from $32 to $36).
All of the changes will apply globally on March 1, 2022.

Article Link: Microsoft Increasing Price of Commercial 'Microsoft 365' Plans Next Year


macrumors 65816
Apr 9, 2010
Where’s the increased value for customers that don’t use those applications? I see where the increased value is for microsoft in the price hike, and lots of people benefited from teams, but seems like a lame reason to justify the price increase for everyone. Maybe introduce different plans like adobe does?

smoking monkey

macrumors 68020
Mar 5, 2008
I've never disliked a program like I dislike MS Word. Yes, it's extremely powerful, but it's quite unintuitive.
I was so happy to walk away from it 18 months ago and not pay the outrageous costs for a normal licence. Sure Pages doesn't format as well as Word, but there are work arounds and I'll take that over having to use MS Word again.


macrumors member
Jun 22, 2010

Mr. Dee

macrumors 603
Dec 4, 2003
Ever since I installed Office 365 on my M1 MBP, I am always getting a nag screen about dismiss, deny when I launch any of the apps. Its very annoying! I have a few copies of subs I bought at the campus for a significant discount so, I will use those until I run out then eventually move over to using a combination of Office Online and iWork.

Expos of 1969

Aug 25, 2013
I've never disliked a program like I dislike MS Word. Yes, it's extremely powerful, but it's quite unintuitive....
100% correct. I had to use it at work a number of years ago. Hated it. Tried to avoid it as much as possible. I still have bad dreams about a large document that required five of us to review and make individual changes over a period of a few weeks.

I much preferred WordPerfect but we were forced to switch to Word.


macrumors regular
Dec 16, 2010
There are several never-ending subscriptions of Office 365 so I just bought them and they work just fine on my M1 Macbook Air.
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