Friday , January 22 2021

Microsoft brings together a Microsoft 365 subscription to home users

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Microsoft has been successful in the business space with its Microsoft 365 subscription, combining Office 365, Windows 10, and Remote Mobility with Enterprise Mobility + Security. Its home-based Office 365 subscriptions have also grown steadily with 32.5 million subscriptions from its latest financial reports. And now Microsoft plans to bring these things along with a Microsoft 365 subscription aimed at non-business users, reports Mary Jo Foley.

Microsoft 365 Consumer would be a subscription package with a consumer focus. Foley notes that there have been job advertisements referring to such a product, and the move seems to be in line with the company's plan to resume with consumers. At its Inspire Partner event earlier this year, the company said it wanted to target "professional consumers" by offering software and services to improve their "modern lives and devices". The significance of this is not clear, but it seems to mean that the company will continue to make its services better wherever you use them (greater support for iOS and Android phones). Synchronization and replication ensures that your work and the current context move smoothly between devices.

Less clear is what a Microsoft 365 Consumer Bundle would actually include. Office 365 is an obvious component; It is already sold to consumers, and it is still the heart of Microsoft's productivity perspective. But aside from that? Windows 10 is, for home users, functionally free already. There has long been fear / rumors / speculation that Microsoft will move to a monthly Windows subscription model for consumers, but there are no signs of this happening. Considering the way Windows 10 has been placed – the "last version" of Windows, being updated and upgraded indefinitely, it's hard to imagine it ever happened.

Foley speculates that Skype, Bing, Cortana and mobile apps like Outlook Mobile could be a part of it. A Skype bundle makes sense since Skype has already paid for items; An additional couple bucking on an Office 365 subscription to get telephony and calls would have some logic on it. However, the rest is not obvious. Another option? Include subscription hardware in the agreement. The Xbox is another area where Microsoft sells subscriptions, and Microsoft has previously sold subscription packages that contain Xbox Gold. But there is a little obvious synergy.

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