Microsoft creates $199 Office 365, Xbox, Skype subscription bundle

Year-long subscriptions for Office 365 Home, Skype, Xbox Live, Xbox Music included

Microsoft has created a bundle for customers in the United States, collecting together subscriptions for the company's various online services. The Work & Play Bundle, sold through Microsoft Stores in the United States for a limited time, gives users an entire year of usage for its entertainment and productivity-related services at a discount.

On the entertainment side, the bundle includes Xbox Live Gold, providing free games via Games with Gold and online multiplayer for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 game consoles. Xbox Music Pass adds advertising-free streaming of music to computers, mobile devices, and the game consoles as well.

The productivity subscriptions start with Office 365 Home, which includes the full Office suite accessible on desktops, mobile apps, and through the browser, and a 1TB allocation on the OneDrive cloud storage service. Lastly, the Skype Unlimited World and Wi-Fi subscription lets users call landlines and mobiles in a large number of countries around the world via the messaging service, and allows access to over 2 million hotspots globally.

Microsoft is selling the bundle for $199, a considerable discount compared to the collective subscription cost, which easily exceeds $400, with customers who already have existing subscriptions receiving a one-year extension to their plan. Despite the discount, it may only be worthwhile for people who heavily use the majority of the listed services.

The Work & Play Bundle is available now until the 4th of January 2015.

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