Microsoft has been successful in the business area with the Microsoft 365 subscription, which bundles Office 365, Windows 10, and Remote Mobility with Enterprise Mobility + Security. Its home-oriented Office 365 subscriptions have also grown steadily, with 32.5 million subscriptions from the company's latest financial reports. And now Microsoft plans to bring these things together with a Microsoft 365 subscription targeting 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 engage with consumers. At its Inspire Partner event earlier this year, the company said it wanted to target "professional consumers" by providing software and services to enhance their "Modern Life and Units". The significance of this is not clear, but it seems that the company will continue to make its services better when using them (greater support for iOS and Android phones). Synchronization and replication ensures that your work and current context move seamlessly between devices.
Less clearly is what a Microsoft 365 Consumer Package 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 vision. But beyond that? Windows 1
Foley speculates that Skype, Bing, Cortana and mobile apps like Outlook Mobile can be a part of it. A Skype package is a little sensible, as Skype has already paid for items; An extra couple of money on top of an Office 365 subscription to get telephony and conversations would have some logic to it. However, the rest is not obvious. Another possibility? Include subscription hardware in the agreement. Xbox is another area where Microsoft sells subscriptions, and Microsoft has previously sold subscription packages that include Xbox Gold. But there is little clear synergy.