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Navigating the March 2022 Microsoft Price Increase

Navigating the March 2022 Microsoft Price Increase

After March 1st, you may notice an increase to your bill for your Microsoft Office subscriptions purchased through Thrive or elsewhere – a change you’ll be familiar with if you tuned in to our webinar on the topic. As Microsoft moves away from their cloud-based service provider (CSP) model to the updated New Commerce Experience (NCE), these price changes affect monthly costs for their six “Modern Workspace” plans while also establishing three subscription tiers: monthly, yearly, and three-year terms. Additionally, flexible plan changes such as seat decreases during the plan term, seat plan downgrades, and even Microsoft partner swapping will come at a premium under the higher-priced monthly plan offered under the new NCE. 


Microsoft Subscription Model Updates

Microsoft is now offering three subscription models under NCE- monthly, annual, and three-year terms. The details of the three-year plans have yet to be released, but what we do have are the details of the monthly and one-year plans, as described below.


Price Increase

Subscribers to monthly plans who did not opt into a yearly plan prior to March 1st will see a several dollar per-seat price hike on their next invoices. Those who committed to  annual subscriptions prior to March 1st won’t notice any difference in their bill fo