Microsoft bundles combines Office, Xbox, Skype for $199/year


— 9:19 AM on November 11, 2014

Can't live without Microsoft's online services? Good news: the company is letting you subscribe to all of 'em—the consumer-focused ones, at least—for the not-so-low (but still-lower-than-usual) price of $199 a year.

The new Work & Play Bundle includes one-year subscriptions to Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music Pass, and Skype Unlimited World. The Office 365 subscription also entitles you to 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, and the Skype deal lets you use Skype WiFi hotspots.

If my math is right, subscribing to all of those services separately would normally cost just shy of $430 a year. (Skype World Unlimited is the most expensive, at $13.99 a month.) The $199/year deal is actually pretty generous, then, provided you actually intend to get your money's worth.

The catch is that the Work & Play Bundle can only be purchased from select "full-line" brick-and-mortar Microsoft Stores. Also, the offer is valid only until January 4, 2015 "or while supplies last." I guess it's still worth paying a visit to your local Microsoft Store, if there's one nearby. Too bad you can't sign up online, though.

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