In our most recent blog, we discussed the upcoming Power Platform release wave two and the significant benefits this will deliver across key services, including Power Apps.

Having built a strong reputation as an industry-leading, low-code application development platform that dramatically lowers the cost and complexity of software development, Power Apps underpins Dynamics 365 extensibility and Microsoft 365 customisation.

Aside from the well-documented benefits the upcoming release wave two will deliver, the platform has had some more important news delivered in recent weeks, as Microsoft plans to halve licensing costs for users across all organisations from October 1, 2021.

It’s a significant piece of news for businesses that are currently utilsing the service, as well as those that are planning on implementing a Power Apps solution in the near future.

New pricing options

Whether customers are starting out with a small number of users or deploying at scale across the organisation, Microsoft’s adjustments to the Power Apps per user and per app plans will benefit everyone.

According to Microsoft’s official announcement, the following licensing changes will take effect at the start of October:

  • Power Apps per user plan will be $20 per user/month (currently $40): This plan will be available across Microsoft’s commerce channels, including Volume Licensing (VL), Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) and web direct – without license minimums or other purchase requirements.
  • Power Apps per app plan will be $5 per user/app/month (currently $10): The per app plan will also be available across the same commerce channels without license minimums or other purchase requirements.

As part of this update, Microsoft will also simplify entitlements for the per app plan by providing users with the ability to run one app or access one portal, in contrast to the current entitlement of two apps/portals. With this, customers can enjoy enhanced flexibility, especially for those seeking to license users one app at a time.

Customers renewing their licensing plans after October 1, 2021 will automatically switch over to the new pricing model, removing the need for a manual changeover.

Finding the right license

With so many businesses beginning to recognise the importance of the Power Platform, Microsoft is absolutely keen to make the offering more accessible for organisations of all sizes.

By halving the existing licensing costs, new users have a fantastic entry point that allows them to experience the perceived benefits of Power Apps, without having to spend large sums to implement the solution throughout the business.

Of course, finding the right sort of licensing option for your enterprise can be a challenge within itself, so contact our in-house team of experts for help finding the right sort of solution.