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Microsoft business licensing changes 2022 – Your questions answered

What is changing in Microsoft's business licensing and why?

Microsoft has retired the Open Licensing programme and created the Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) programme & New Commerce Experience (NCE) for purchasing Microsoft software and cloud services. Those who have Microsoft products on a monthly subscription will be hit with a price increase of 20%. There’s also a new 72 hour window for cancelling any new agreements.

When will the new prices come into affect?

The new pricing model will come into affect on the 1 March 2022 - this means all new and renewing subscriptions will be purchased through NCE.

Which Microsoft Products are affected?

The list of products below are affected by the changes:

  • Microsoft 365 Business
  • Basic Microsoft 365
  • Business Premium
  • Microsoft 365 E3
  • Office 365 E1
  • Office 365 E3
  • Office 365 E5

How will this affect annual and multi-year agreements?

You will still be able to pay monthly for both annual & multi-year agreements. 

How is the monthly commit worked out?

A monthly commit is a full thirty days from the day your license was purchased.

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