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Microsoft reduces costs of Office 365, effective immediately

March 15, 2012 Leave a reply General News
In what I consider to be an excellent turn of events, Microsoft have reduced the cost of their Office 365 user licenses, by as much as 20%. Microsoft has reduced the E1 price from €9 per user per month to €7.25 per user per month. This means a cost saving of €840 a year for a company with 40 E1 users (which includes Exchange email, Lync instant communicator and SharePoint collaboration platform). Apparently, the cost of additional storage on SharePoint Online will also be coming down by a massive 92%, but I have not been verify to find this on Office 365's Irish site. In a blog post on the Office 365 blog, Kirk Koenigsbauer from Microsoft's Office Division said that:
As we rapidly add customers, the cost to run Office 365 becomes more efficient. This is the beauty of the cloud where we can deliver economies of scale through our worldwide data centers and economies of skill with our engineers, administrators, and support teams operating the service.
This might hint to further reductions in the cost of Office 365 in the future. We'll keep you informed if this happens. We use Office 365 extensively and would highly recommend it for a flexible, cloud-based email, communication and collaboration system.