If you’ve been contemplating a jump into Microsoft’s vast software ecosystem, now may be the perfect time to strike. The Redmond-based company has taken several of its most popular subscription services and quietly packaged them into a single offering it's calling the Work & Play Bundle.
Office 365 includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage in the cloud. Xbox Live offers gamers a wealth of online incentives while Xbox Music Pass offers access to millions of songs ad-free across a wealth of devices.
Skype Unlimited World + Wi-Fi offers unlimited calling to landlines and mobile devices in Canada, China, Guam, Hong Kong SAR, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand and the United States (landline-only calls can also be placed to a wealth of other countries) as well as Wi-Fi access at over 2 million hotspots around the globe.
The Work & Play Bundle offers all of this for $199 for 12 months which is roughly the same price as paying for Office 365 and Xbox Music Pass separately. Viewed in that light, you’re basically getting Xbox Live Gold and Skype Unlimited World + Wi-Fi for free.
Buyers will receive codes to redeem online for each product.
The offer is only good in the US and interestingly enough, can only be purchased at a physical Microsoft Store. As of writing, there are only 103 such stores in the US so that certainly limits how many bundles Microsoft will end up selling.