What is the pricing for Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365)? Subscription plans 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 June 2023.

Microsoft 365 for Business with IONOS!

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Pros of the Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 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 Business 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 F3, Enterprise E3 and Enterprise E5 plans, Microsoft is targeting large enterprises with more than 300 employees.

  Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise Microsoft 365 Enterprise F3 Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3 Microsoft 365 Enterprise E5
Price per user per month in yearly subscription $12.00 per user per month $8.00 per user per month $36.00 per user per month $57.00 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 Price available upon request Price available upon request
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 $22.80 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 Business as a complete Office solution. One of the pros is that your data is securely stored in one of our data centers.

Microsoft 365 for Business with IONOS!

Powerful Exchange email and the latest versions of your favorite Office apps on any device - get started with our free setup assistance.

50 GB Exchange email account
1TB OneDrive cloud storage
24/7 expert support
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