What is the Microsoft 365 pricing? Subscription models briefly

Microsoft 365 includes not only the popular Microsoft Office programs, but cloud-based services that also enable you to work efficiently. Different license models called “plans” are offered with different functionality for different target groups at corresponding prices.

All data in this article is up to date as of October 2022.

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Pros of the Microsoft 365 subscription model

In addition to classic office software, Microsoft 365 also offers you services for centralized data storage and web-supported teamwork. Text documents, spreadsheets and presentations can be shared at the click of a mouse and worked on together as a team.

This is made possible by the integration of the Office suite into Microsoft’s cloud services OneDrive, Exchange Online or SharePoint.

Unlike Microsoft Office, Microsoft 365 is not purchased once, but is available exclusively as a subscription. In return, users with all plans always secure the latest version of the office software as well as 1 TB of cloud storage in Microsoft data centers. Comparisons of the various license models with prices for Microsoft 365 and performance features can be found in the tables below.

Microsoft 365 from IONOS is designed for SMEs

IONOS offers Microsoft 365 in two plans made specially for small and medium-sized businesses of up to 20 employees.

Feature

Microsoft 365 Business Basic from IONOS

Microsoft 365 Business Standard from IONOS

Cost per user

1st month $1 then $9 per month

3 months $1 per month then $16 per month

Maximum users

20

20

Office apps available

Only online use of the apps

Outlook, Word, Excel. PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Access for up to 5 PCs/Macs

Exchange Online

Yes

Yes

Office Online

Included

Included

Business email

50 GB mailbox for emails, calendars and contacts

50 GB mailbox for emails, calendars and contacts

OneDrive for Business

1 TB per user

1 TB per user

Free domain for the first year

No

Included

Set-up service

Optional

Optional

Microsoft Teams

Included

Included

Automatic updates including new software version and features

Included

Included

Free 24/7 customer support for any questions

Included

Included

 99.9 % guaranteed availability

Yes

Yes

Overview of all Microsoft 365 plans and their costs

For private users

The Microsoft 365 Single and Microsoft 365 Family plans are intended for private use and offer subscription models for individuals and families. Users can choose between monthly installments and a discounted annual subscription. Business use is not provided. In addition to PC and Mac versions, there are also apps for tablets and smartphones.

Microsoft 365 Personal

Microsoft 365 Family

Subscription (yearly)

$69.99 per month

$99.99 per year

Subscription (monthly)

$6.99 per month

$9.99 per month

Maximum no. of users

1

6

Licensing

For private use only

For private use only

Available Office applications

PC: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access

Mac: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook

PC: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access

Mac: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook

No. of computers supported

5 PCs or Macs

5 PCs or Macs

OneDrive cloud storage

1 TB

1 TB per user

Automatic updates featuring new versions and features

Included

Included

Skype minutes

60 minutes per month

60 minutes per month per user

Free technical support over the phone or online

Included

Included

For small and medium-sized businesses

The Microsoft 365 plans Business Basic, Apps for Business, Business Standard and Business Premium are aimed at small and medium-sized businesses. Subscription is limited to a maximum of 300 users.

Microsoft 365 Business Basic

Microsoft 365 Apps for Business

Microsoft 365 Business Standard

Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Price per user per month in yearly subscription

$6.00 per user per month

$8.25 per user per month

$12.50 per user per month

$22.00 per user per month

Maximum no. of users

300

300

300

300

Office apps available for download

Only available for in-browser use

PC: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Publisher, Access

Mac: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive

PC: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Publisher, Access, Teams, SharePoint, Exchange

Mac: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Teams, SharePoint, Exchange

PC: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Publisher, Access, Teams, SharePoint, Exchange, Intune

Mac: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Teams, SharePoint, Exchange

Exchange Online

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Company email

50 GB mailbox for email, calendar and contacts

Email not included

50 GB mailbox for email, calendar and contacts

50 GB mailbox for email, online archiving with Exchange is possible

OneDrive for Business

1 TB per user

1 TB per user

1 TB per user

1 TB per user

Office Online

Included

Included

Included

Included

Microsoft Teams

Included

No

Included

Included

SharePoint/Teamwebsites

Included

No

Included

Included

Sway

Included

Included

Included

Included

Planner

Included

Included

Included

Included

Free 24/7 support over the phone or online

Included

Included

Included

Included

Automatic updates included software and features

Included

Included

Included

Included

Guaranteed availability of 99.99%

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

PC and mobile device management

No

No

No

Included

Advanced Thread Protection including endpoint security und Defender

No

No

No

Included

Tip

There’s a clear comparison of Microsoft 365 Business Plans here: “Microsoft 365 for Business: Microsoft Plans for SMEs”.

For large companies

With its Apps for Enterprise, Enterprise E1, Enterprise E3 and Enterprise E5 plans, Microsoft is targeting large enterprises with more than 300 employees.

Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise

Microsoft 365 Enterprise E1

Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3

Microsoft 365 Enterprise E5

Price per user per month in yearly subscription

$12.00 per user per month

$10.00 per user per month

$23.00 per user per month

$38.00 per user per month

Maximum no. of users

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Office apps available for download

PC: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Access

Mac: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote

Only accessible via browser

PC: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Access

Mac: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote

PC: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Access

Mac: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote

Exchange Online

No

Yes (50 GB)

Yes (100 GB)

Yes (100 GB)

Company email

Email not included

50 GB mailbox for email, calendar and contacts

Unlimited email storage for in-situ archive, extended email functions including archiving and Fulfilment of the legal obligation to keep records

Unlimited email storage for in-situ archive, extended email functions including archiving and Fulfilment of the legal obligation to keep records

OneDrive for Business

1 TB per user

1 TB per user

> 1 TB pro User

> 1 TB pro User

Office interface fully available for up to 5 smartphones and tablets

Included

No

Included

Included

Office Online

Included

Included

Included

Included

Microsoft Teams

No

Included

Included

Included

Sway

Included

Included

Included

Included

Planner

No

Included

Included

Included

Yammer

No

Included

Included

Included

Live conferences with up to 10,000 participants

No

Included

Included

Included

Self-Service Business Intelligence

Included

No

Included

Included

Compliance Solutions

No

No

Included

Included

Information protection

No

No

Included

Included

Extended eDiscovery

No

No

Included

Included

Power BI und Delve analysis

No

No

No

Included

Microsoft Defender

No

No

No

Included

Active directory integration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Free 24/7 support over the phone or online

Included

Included

Included

Included

Automatic updates included software and features

Included

Included

Included

Included

Guaranteed availability of 99.99%

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

For pupils, students and teachers

The Office 365 A1, Office 365 A3 and Office 365 A5 plans are aimed at school pupils, enrolled students at universities, technical colleges, universities of applied sciences and vocational colleges as well as teachers. A subscription to these particular Microsoft 365 solutions requires proof of eligibility.

Office 365 A1

Office 365 A3

Office 365 A5

Price per user per month in yearly subscription

Free

$2.50 per user per month

$6.00 per user per month

Office apps available for download

Only accessible via browser

PC: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, OneNote, Publisher, Access

Mac: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote

PC: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, OneNote, Publisher, Access

Mac: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote

No. of computers supported

No local installation

5 PCs or Macs

5 PCs or Macs

No. of tablets and smartphones supported

No local installation

5 each

5 each

Office online

Included

Included

Included

OneDrive Cloud storage

1 TB per user

1 TB per user

1 TB per user

Company email

50 GB mailbox for email, calendar and contacts

50 GB mailbox for email, calendar and contacts

50 GB mailbox for email, calendar and contacts

Online meetings

Included

Included

Included

Yammer

Included

Included

Included

Sway

Included

Included

Included

Taking exams

Included

Included

Included

Power BI und Delve analysis

No

No

Included

Automatic updates included software and features

Included

Included

Included

Skype call minutes to landlines and mobiles

60 minutes per month

No

No

Free 24/7 support over the phone or online

Included

Included

Included

Guaranteed availability of 99.99%

No

Yes

Yes

For nonprofit organizations (Business)

The Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Business Standard and Business Premium plans for non-profit organizations are aimed at small non-profit organizations with up to 300 employees. Organizations wishing to use one of the non-profit plans must demonstrate that they meet the eligibility requirements for non-profit organizations.

Microsoft 365 Business Basic

Microsoft 365 Business Standard

Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Price per user per month in yearly subscription

Grant (free)

$3.00 per user per month

$5.50 per user per month

Maximum no. of users

300

300

300

Office apps available for download

Only accessible via browser

PC: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, OneNote

Mac: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote

PC: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, OneNote

Mac: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote

No. of computers supported

No local installation

5 PCs or Macs

5 PCs or Macs

No. of tablets and smartphones supported

5 each

5 each

5 each

Company email

50 GB mailbox for email, calendar and contacts

50 GB mailbox for email, calendar and contacts

50 GB mailbox for email, calendar and contacts

OneDrive for Business

1 TB per user

1 TB per user

1 TB per user

Office Online

Included

Included

Included

Active directory integration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Free 24/7 support over the phone or online

Included

Included

Included

Automatic updates included software and features

Included

Included

Included

Guaranteed availability of 99.99%

Yes

Yes

Included

For nonprofit organizations (Enterprise)

Microsoft 365 plans E3 and E5 also target large nonprofits with more than 300 employees.

Microsoft 365 E3

Microsoft 365 E5

Price per user per month

$9 per user per month

$22.50 per user per month

Maximum no. of users

Unlimited

Unlimited

Office apps available for download

PC: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, OneNote, Access

Mac: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote

PC: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, OneNote, Access

Mac: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote

No. of computers supported

5 PCs or Macs

5 PCs or Macs

No. of tablets and smartphones supported

5 each

5 each

Company email

100 GB mailbox for email, calendar and contacts

100 GB mailbox for email, calendar and contacts

OneDrive for Business

1 TB pro User

1 TB pro User

Office online

Included

Included

Self-Service business intelligence

Included

Included

Compliance solutions

Included

Included

Information protection

Included

Included

Extended eDiscovery

Included

Included

Power BI und Delve analysis

Included

Included

Active directory integration

Yes

Yes

Free 24/7 support over the phone or online

Included

Included

Automatic updates included software and features

Included

Included

Guaranteed availability of 99.99%

Yes

Yes

Tip

Interested in a Microsoft plan for SMEs? IONOS also offers Microsoft 365 as a complete Office solution. One of the pros is that your data is securely stored in one of our data centers.

Microsoft 365 with IONOS!

Experience powerful Exchange email and the latest versions of your favorite Office apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint on any device!

Office Online
OneDrive with 1TB
24/7 support
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