Gartner Research

Cost Optimization — Save Money on Office Licensing If Benefits of Office 365 Can Wait

Published: 06 May 2016

ID: G00302878

Analyst(s): Marie Sienkowski , Michael Silver


Microsoft offers a lower price for organizations transitioning from Office with SA to Office 365. However, for procurement managers looking to save money short term, letting SA lapse and subscribing to Office 365 later may be a better deal if users won't need cloud functions for several years.

Table Of Contents


  • The Advent of "From SA" Pricing on Office 365
  • Modeling Costs and Savings
    • Scenario 1: Office Professional Plus SA to Office 365 ProPlus
    • Scenario 2: Office Professional Plus and Core CAL SA Transition to Office 365 E1 With Bridge CAL During Vacation, and Then to Office 365 E3

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