HUB TechMinutes

Business technology news, tips and events.

HUB TechMinutes

Better business through better information.
2 minutes reading time (472 words)

What Happens When Your Microsoft Office 365 Subscription Expires?

What Happens When Your Microsoft Office 365 Subscription Expires?

Microsoft Office 365 is a highly useful subscription-based solution. However, as these services are based on the successful continuation of one’s subscription, it may be useful to know the procedure that Microsoft undergoes when a subscriber cancels their services. Here, we go into each step that Microsoft follows.

First, it may help to understand Microsoft’s situation. For them to retain a customer ultimately costs them much less than it takes to acquire and onboard a new one. As a result, they aren’t going to be motivated to just let one of their existing customers go.

Instead, Microsoft has implemented a three-step process to ensure that their customers have as much time as possible to reconsider allowing their subscription to lapse. Today, we’ll go through these steps to help you understand your options if your subscription was to ever expire.

Step 1: Expired

When your subscription first expires, it spends 30 days in the Expired status. Despite its name, this status won’t influence your use of Office 365. Any installed applications can be launched, additional ones can be added, and Microsoft won’t remove any of your data from their servers. Admins can even add new applications and licenses during this time, and of course, back up any data. Alternatively, the global administrator can renew the subscription at any time during these 30 days.

Step 2: Disabled

Once the first month has passed, your subscription status will change to Disabled, where it will stay until the 120-day point. This status means that only administrators can access the admin portal and backup the data that Microsoft has stored on their servers. As for the rest of your users, their services and solutions are hobbled somewhat. With access to their Office 365 accounts blocked, your users will lose access to their email services and OneDrive for Business files. Other locally-installed applications will only offer limited functionality - including the inability to edit and save your files. The global administrator still has the option to resume the licensing subscription at this point.

Step 3: Deprovisioned

Once 121 days have passed, however, even administrators lose access to any data that remains on the servers. No more backups can be taken, and applications and services are rendered inaccessible. As a matter of fact, Microsoft will begin to remove your data from its servers at this point, which you can have sped up through a process known as expedited deprovisioning. At this point, if your business wants to continue utilizing Office 365, new subscriptions need to be started.

Lean on us to help manage your Office 365 subscriptions!

To help avoid lapses in your subscription, you can rely on HUB Technology Solutions to manage your Office 365 subscription for you. To learn more about how we can help keep you in operation, reach out to us at 204-772-8822 or 1-833-874-0725

Tip of the Week: File Management Tips
Data Backup Carries Powerful Value

Related Posts

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Guest
Friday, August 23, 2019

Captcha Image

Get Updates On Our New Blog Posts!

Book your free introductory consultation now.

Let's Talk

Happy Clients

Don't Miss Our Next Newsletter!

Subscribe to our free monthly newsletter! It's packed with valuable information, useful tips, and important security alerts.
* indicates required
Your email address is secure with us - we never share our subscriber information.

HUB Tech Minutes

27 August 2019
A world without any technical issues bogging down your organization is rather picturesque, wouldn’t you agree? The issue here is that it’s often not possible for businesses that struggle with payment to make ends meet--particularly in regard to techn...
26 August 2019
Small businesses have been leaning on cloud computing for a few years now as it presents a lot of options to compete without having to make huge--often unavailable--capital investments in their information systems. Public cloud computing can provide ...
22 August 2019
Many businesses have turned to the cloud for their next big technology rollout, but there’s much more that goes into this choice than giving the green light to whoever is implementing it. First, you’ll need to make a choice; do you implement a public...