Microsoft have recently announced a number of changes recently, which will shortly be coming into effect that Microsoft customers need to be aware of.
This includes a price increase for commercial Microsoft 365 plans and updates to how Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform are licensed through CSP. This article will give an overview of all the changes coming, dig into the detail around the changes and highlight what you need to be considering ahead of the changes.
Updated: This article was updated following timeline changes from Microsoft, pushing the general availability of NCE back from 14th October 2021 to January 2022 and moving the promotions to January-June 2022. We are awaiting confirmation if NCE comes into effect in March 2022 as originally planned and if this impacts timelines for the price increase.
As a short overview, the key changes we will be discussing include:
- A price increase (of roughly 15%) coming to Office 365 and Microsoft 365 commercial customers from 1st March 2022 – except for Microsoft 365 E5 and Frontline SKUs
- The ‘New Commerce Experience (NCE)’ coming into effect from 1st March 2022* (but available from January 2022) which outlines new term commitments
- Monthly term commitments to give the flexibility to increase and decrease your licence count but at a 20% price premium
- Annual and 3-year term commitments to give competitive pricing to long-term customers but no flexibility to reduce license numbers
- The ability to ‘mix and match’ long-term and monthly commitments to manage staffing fluctuations, such as seasonal staff
*This date may change as Microsoft have moved the general availability back from 14th October to January 2022, we are awaiting confirmation.