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.
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