But these days, bundling is back to being king at the company. And on November 10, Microsoft launched a new promotional bundle combining productivity- and play-focused services for $199 for a one-year subscription.
The new Work & Play Bundle (thanks to Windows Central's Sam Sabri for the link) includes Office 365 Home, Skype Unlimited World and WiFi, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Music Pass. It's available from November 10, 2014 to January 4, 2015 "or while supplies last." It's available in "select Microsoft full line retail stores in the United States only."
This bundle is interesting for a few reasons. First, it epitomizes Microsoft's "dual-use" positioning, which is based on the idea that users are running both work and "play" apps and services often on the same device. The new bundle also makes productivity apps/services an inseparable part of the package.