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Microsoft has reduced the price of its Work & Play Bundle to $149. The deal, which is still limited to the U.S., features four of its subscriptions: Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music Pass, and Skype Unlimited World + WiFi.

Office 365 Home costs $9.99 per month, or $119.88 for the year. Twelve months of Xbox Live Gold costs $59.99, while a 12-month Xbox Music Pass costs $99.90. Skype Unlimited World is $13.99 per month, though you can get the first month for free, so that’s $153.89.

As we calculated in November, that adds up to $433.66. You’re thus getting more than a 65 percent discount.

Here’s exactly what you get for the new $149 price tag, which was first reported by ZDNet:


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  • Office 365 Home: Get work done anytime, anywhere, and on virtually any device. Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. Also comes with 1TB OneDrive online storage so you can manage and share your photos, videos, and documents.
  • Xbox Live Gold: Get the most advanced multiplayer, free games, exclusive discounts on games in the Xbox Store, and more.
  • Xbox Music Pass: Get unlimited access to millions of songs. Stream ad-free or download as much as you like. Listen on your PC, tablet, phone, Xbox, and on the web.
  • Skype Unlimited World + WiFi: Get unlimited minutes to call friends and family around the globe from your laptop, tablet, phone, or TV. Get WiFi access at over 2 million hotspots worldwide – connect to the internet from virtually any device.

Last year, Microsoft was simply piloting the Work & Play Bundle at its physical stores (the deal expired on January 4, 2015). Now it’s available online at the Microsoft Store, suggesting the company is happy with the response; customers really are interested in signing up for all four subscriptions.

Nonetheless, it’s still a “limited time” only deal, so if you find the lower price intriguing, you’ll want to grab this one as soon as possible.


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