Microsoft Expands the Work & Play Bundle to Retail

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work-playPreviously this month, Microsoft revealed that its Work & Play package was returning, offering an incredible value to anybody who desired all its basic parts. Now, the company revealed that it is making 2 significant modifications to the package, . One is great. However the other is … possibly surprising.

As I published in Microsoft Revives the Work & Play Package for a Limited Time, this package offers a year of Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music Pass, and Skype Wi-Fi + Skype Unlimited World at a significantly slashed price of $149. It’s a US-only promotion– sorry, world– and was initially offered this month just at the Microsoft Store online.

Right now, there are 2 modifications to this package.

Customers can obtain it at a retailer. In the nick of time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and college graduation, the Work & Play Bundle is now offered in retail Microsoft Store locations also.

No more Xbox Music Pass. The Xbox Music Pass has actually been substituted by a $60 gift card for films, music, video games, apps, and much more from the Windows and Xbox Stores. As indicated, this is possibly worrying. However Microsoft states it’s due to the fact that the gift card “provides much more selection and versatility for consumers– particularly households.” I think so. However sharing a gift card isn’t really a lot easier than sharing an Xbox Music Pass, truthfully.

Anyhow, right here’s how the package breaks down presently:

  • Xbox Live Gold. Typically $59.99 annually.
  • Office 365 Home. As I recently discussed in Which Office 365?, this is the variation with usage rights for 5 users in a family, each which gets 5 installs of Office for PC/Mac, 5 installs of Office for big tablets, Office for mobile phones, and a lot more. It costs $99.99 annually usually.
  • Microsoft gift card. Valued at $60, this gift card lets you purchase films, music, video games, apps, and more from the Windows and Xbox Stores.
  • Skype Wi-Fi + Skype Unlimited World. Through this, you get Wi-Fi accessibility at over 2 million hotspots worldwide, plus unlimited minutes to call family and friends around the world from your laptop computer, tablet, phone, or TV. The typical expense is $13.99 each month, or $167.88 annually.

Because the gift card is worth $40 lower than Xbox Music Pass, the overall worth of this bundle is a bit less at $385. However that’s still quite incredible provided the street cost of $149. And as before, it’s a no-brainer if you’re currently making use of some or all these products.

You simply have to ask yourself if this means something with regards to Xbox Music Pass.

Microsoft Work & Play Bundle for $149 includes one-year subscriptions to: Office 365 Home, Wi-Fi + Skype Unlimited World, Xbox Live Gold, and $60 gift card for the Windows or Xbox marketplace


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