Microsoft recently announced that as of the 1st of January 2017 their Office 365 pricing model will change. The price for on-premise enterprise software is predicted to increase by 13 per cent, with most cloud prices set to increase by up to 22 per cent (Source).
The reason? The UK pound has fallen to as little as £1.22 against the US dollar – mainly due to Brexit and as a result Microsoft have announced they will be increasing prices come the turn of the year.
There is however a loophole! If you currently pay for your Office 365 license(s) by monthly subscription, then there is a way that you can save up to 22% for the next 12 months. Simply switch to the annual plan in December and you will be locked into the current 2016 pricing structure for the next 12 months.
If you manage your own Office 365 administration portal, then it’ll be worth putting a date in your diary for December. In doing so, simply follow these steps to take advantage of this opportunity:
Please note, to perform the following actions you will need Office 365 administrator rights.
1. Login to Office 365.
2. Browse to the admin portal using the ‘App Launcher’, as shown in Figure 1 below:
3. Within the administration portal navigate to Billing > Subscriptions, as shown in Figure 2 below:
4. Simply switch from ‘monthly payment’ to ‘annual commitment’, as shown in Figure 3 below:
Please ensure that this payment method is updated for all license types, applying this change once won’t necessarily update all license types, so please check.
For further information or to find out more, ask your service provider or get in touch at email@example.com or call 01224 824111 if you need assistance.