Which countries pay more for Microsoft 365 Family?

Microsoft charges quite different prices for Office 365 Home/Microsoft 365 Family, depending on the country. Some countries residents pay more for Microsoft 365 than others and the differences can be large.

We decided to see how cheap or expensive Office 365 Home/Microsoft 365 Family plan can be, depending on where you live.  In 2018 Maya surfed through many different Microsoft sites to compile this list of countries, regions and the local prices.

The original survey was done in 2018. While the product has changed name, Office 365 Home is now Microsoft 365 Family the prices have remained much the same (with India as the notable exception).

There’s been some renewed interest in this research. We’ll update the data when time/money allows. In the meantime …

As well as this price comparison, Office-Watch.com also has a survey comparing Microsoft 365 price to average income in each location, see How many days does Microsoft 365 cost?

Cheapest Microsoft 365 Family

The lowest price for Office 365 Home/Microsoft 365 Family is in Russia where Microsoft quotes RUB ₽3399

That’s about US$60.22 or 39% cheaper than USA.

Russia is easily the cheapest, with India coming next but US$12 more expensive.

Most Expensive Microsoft 365 Family

Highest Price charged is in Israel where Office 365 Home/Microsoft 365 Family costs ILS ₪449

That’s US$131.93 or 33% more expensive than USA.

Denmark is a close second ‘last’ by less than a dollar.  New Zealand is the third most expensive but about US$11 cheaper.

The overall difference between highest and lowest is US$71.71 which is a lot for a product sold in the USA for $99.99

Average and StdDev are skewed because of the many Euro zone countries and other territories.  For what it’s worth ….     

  • Average price US$107.47 of the surveyed countries/territories
  • Standard Deviation: 17.33 for the surveyed countries/territories

A few thoughts

A few things occur to us from looking through the table:

In each region, Microsoft charges what they think the market will tolerate.

Exchange Rates are only part of Microsoft’s pricing equation.

All of Microsoft’s talk about pricing based on local support, needs of partners etc is just PR drivel.

  • India‘s Office 365 price was cheaper at the start of 2017.  Since then Microsoft raised the price and started charging government tax, which also increased.
  • The reason for the AUD$10 price increase in Australia in 2017 is clear from this table. The old prices made Aussie Microsoft 365 cheaper than the USA.
  • New Zealand gets slugged pretty hard compared their Aussie cousins. Kiwis pay about US$18 more for the same product.

We’d be interested to hear from readers who might have local knowledge to add.

IMPORTANT – don’t buy from Microsoft!

Regular Office Watch readers (subscribe here) know that we’ve always said: NEVER buy from Microsoft!  Microsoft charges the highest price. That’s why they push the Office 365 auto-renewal option.

Always shop around and look for better prices elsewhere.  Office Watch has a guide to Office 365 money saving optionsMicrosoft 365 for Windows: Straight Talk has an even more comprehensive chapter on paying less for Microsoft Office

Microsoft 365 Family - Global Prices

CountryAdvertised Price$ USD equivalentRank NumberTax status / Comments
RussiaRUB ₽3399$60.221
IndiaINR ₹4619$72.742Advertised price does not Include GST, we've added the 18% GST
PakistanPKR ₨8399$76.133
ChinaCNY ¥499$77.514
BangaladeshBDT Tk6499$79.245
ColombiaCOP $229999$80.396
EgyptEGP £1499$85.017
ArgentinaARS $1599$86.098
TurkeyTRY ₺329.99$86.999
CanadaCAD $109$87.7210State tax / PST may apply
IndonesiaIDR Rp1199999$89.9011
MexicoMXN $1749$92.8912
BrazilBRL R$299$93.3413
MalaysiaMYR RM379.99$96.0314
South AfricaZAR R1199$97.2815
Hong KongHKD $780$99.7016
USAUSD $99.99$99.9917State and local taxes may apply
AustraliaAUD $129$102.6718includes GST
Saudi ArabiaSAR ﷼389.99$104.0019
UKGBP £79.99$109.1920includes VAT
South KoreaKRW ₩119000$111.8621
SwedenSEK kr899$112.1122
NigeriaNGN ₦33999$112.6923
SwitzerlandCHF Sfr.109.95$113.1124
NorwayNOK kr899$114.0025
CyprusEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
BelgiumEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
GreeceEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
LatviaEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
LithuaniaEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
FinlandEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
PortugalEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
SlovakiaEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
SloveniaEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
SpainEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
LuxembourgEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
MaltaEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
IrelandEUR €99$119.8926includes VAT
Vatican CityEUR €99$119.8926Seems silly to include this location, but Microsoft does!
GermanyEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
EuropeEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
ItalyEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
IrelandEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
AustriaEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
NetherlandsEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
FranceEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
New ZealandNZD $165$120.4247includes GST
DenmarkDKK kr.799$131.3048
GreenlandDKK kr.799$131.3048Seems silly to include this location, but Microsoft does!
IsraelILS ₪449$131.9350
Office 365 Home (now Microsoft 365 Family) 'subscription' - locally charged prices as stated by Microsoft in January 2018. Street/Retail prices could and should be lower.
Local prices were converted to US dollar equivalents using interbank rate at 15 January 2018.
We've surveyed the major world economies plus a few other countries for a global overview. Some small locations also included, like Vatican City and Greenland, because Microsoft does!
Japan doesn't have a 'Home' bundle, just Office 365 Solo (Personal)
Please let us know via the Feedback page if you have comments or there are mistakes. We may have missed advertised prices that don't include taxes, which are applied at checkout.
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