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The office productivity suite is among the most important business tools. From the word processor to spreadsheets, Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 has it all, and businesses are adopting it in greater numbers. In order to provide businesses with the software they need, Microsoft relies heavily on plans. While these plans are great, upgrading to a new one isn’t always as easy as it could be – an issue Microsoft recently set out to fix.
Microsoft recently introduced the Switch Plans feature has to the business versions of Office 365, which makes it easier for some users to upgrade.
As you can probably guess from the name, the idea of the Switch Plans feature is to allow business users the ability to change plans. While this has always been an option, many businesses let Microsoft know that it was tougher than it should be to actually upgrade their plans.
To make switching easier, Microsoft introduced the ability of plan administrators to switch plans directly in the admin center of Office 365, using the Switch Plans Wizard.
This feature only applies to companies who currently use the business versions of Office 365 e.g., Office 365 Small Business Premium. In other words, this should apply to almost all companies using the suite.
There is one caveat you should be aware of before considering using this feature to upgrade: You can only upgrade using the Switch Plans Wizard. If you want to downgrade, say from Mid-Size Business to Small Business Premium, you will have to make the change manually. Your current plan also needs to be eligible for an upgrade. For example Office 365 Midsize Business users can only upgrade to:
Office 365 Small Business users can upgrade to:
If you would like to upgrade to another plan that isn’t on the list above, or the full list located here, you will have to upgrade manually.
If you are an admin and would like to upgrade the plan your company is currently subscribed to, and the upgrade is on the list in the link above, you can do so by:
Your accounts should be upgraded to the new plan within 10 minutes, but may take longer if there are any issues to resolve. Before you do anything, or if you have any questions, it would be a good idea to contact us. We can help ensure that your change of plans goes smoothly.
Published on 13th November 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.