ZDNet's resident Microsoft watcher, Mary Jo Foley, is reporting that the Microsoft 365 bundle might soon come in a consumer edition. Microsoft hasn't yet said anything publicly about such a bundle, but a couple of recent job openings at the company seem to have let the cat out of the bag a little early.
Microsoft has, naturally, nothing further to share at this time, but Foley reports that the bundle could include Windows 10, Skype, Outlook Mobile, Office 365, and/or other services. Details are still fairly non-existent right now, but such a move would certainly wouldn't come as a huge surprise.
And, as Foley also points out, she doesn't see a subscription bundle as Microsoft doing away with the "free" Windows 10 currently provided when you buy a new PC.
Currently Microsoft 365 is an enterprise and education exclusive product that offers Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. For consumers, Office 365 already packs a good bundle at an attractive price, so it'll be interesting to see just what road Microsoft goes down with this.
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In theory I like the idea of combining products for a good bundled price, but I'm not sure I follow exactly what is included:
- Most consumers get Windows with their computer already
- Skype does have paid calling plans, but some minutes are already included in Office365 Home
- Is there something about Outlook Mobile that is not free, or is there an upgrade tier or something I have missed?
- Cortana is already free with a Microsoft subscription, again unless there's kind of upgrade tier I have never heard about
- Outlook Premium is already included in Office365 Home
- OneDrive is already included in Office365 Home
- Xbox doesn't make a lot of sense to combine if this is meant to be a prosumer bundle
I think it would be likely that they are going to bundle in EMS features and more of the enterprise security features that you don't currently get with consumer versions such as virtual based security technologies or possibly add windows virtual desktops to the mix so you can have your desktop anywhere and get high end desktop performance on lower end hardware.
You already get a bulk of that in the pro version of Windows 10...
No there are some of the Virtual based security technologies you only get with enterprise version of windows.
Don't consumers pay for the Windows license when they purchase a new PC or laptop? It's not a cost most oems absorb, as it just doesn't make sense and it's a loss leading policy.
I thought Office 365 Home was already for consumers
This is not about Office. It is WINDOWS 365.
It is Microsoft 365 ;-)
Windows 365 is not Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 is Windows 365 + Office 365 + EMS. Depending on what level of sku you have (E1, E3 or E5) depends what features you get.
Could this just be an expansion of a Surface All Access subscription? Also, for those of us that build our own PCs, a bundle with a Windows license might be useful.
The model for this is the Enterprise Microsoft 365 subscription, not the Surface All Access. Do a search to see what the business version of Microsoft 365 offers.
Include Xbox Live, and Xbox Game Pass, plus LinkedIn Premium into Microsoft 365 Microsoft needs to include all their services that consumers may use into an all purpose 365. including the items listed above. A bonus would be a Microsoft All Access plan. Include the services plus offer Xbox and Surface for lease.
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