Microsoft price increases: Everything you need to know about the changes effective April 1, 2023

From April 1, 2023, there will be significant price increases take place for various Microsoft licenses. These changes will affect both existing and new customers. In this article, we discuss the details of these price increases, the reasons behind these changes and what you can do to prepare yourself for the upcoming changes.

Microsoft price increases: Everything you need to know about the changes effective April 1, 2023

 

Key changes in Microsoft license pricing

Office 365 and Microsoft 365

Pricing for Office 365 and Microsoft 365 will increase significantly. This applies to both business and consumer packages. Here are some examples of the price increases:

 

  • Office 365 Business Basic: from €5.10 to €5.70 per user per month
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium: from €18.60 to €20.75 per user per month
  • Office 365 E3: from €22.60 to €25.25 per user per month
  • Microsoft 365 E3: from €35.40 to €39.75 per user per month

These amounts are indicative. Microsoft will announce the exact new prices in April 2023.

 

Azure and Other Microsoft Licenses

Azure customers will also see price increases, mainly for virtual machines and storage. The exact increases will depend on the services and region used. In addition, other Microsoft licenses, such as Windows Server and SQL Server, will also see price increases.

 

The reasons behind the price increases

Microsoft gives several reasons for the price increases, including:

 

  • Inflation adjustment: To stay in line with the market and inflation, Microsoft periodically adjusts prices.
  • Investment in innovation: To continue to innovate and develop new features, Microsoft invests in research and development. These costs are partly passed on to customers.
  • Changing market conditions: Demand for cloud-based solutions has increased significantly. As a result, operational costs have increased, leading to price increases.

How to prepare for price increases

To prepare for price increases, here are some steps you can take:

 

  • Evaluate your current licenses: Review what licenses you are currently using and assess whether they are still relevant and necessary. Consider canceling unused licenses or downgrading to cheaper alternatives.
  • Budget planning: Factor price increases into your budget planning for the coming year. That way you won't run into unexpected costs.
  • Take advantage of education and nonprofit discounts: If your organization qualifies for educational or nonprofit discounts, make sure you take advantage of these benefits.

Conclusion: Be prepared for Microsoft price increases as of April 1, 2023

 

The announced price increases for Microsoft licenses will take effect from April 1, 2023, affecting both existing and new customers. It is important to prepare for these changes by evaluating your current licenses, adjusting your budget and exploring cost-saving opportunities

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