Microsoft Subscription Services Work & Play Bundle $199

Microsoft is bundling its most popular services together and offering holiday season pricing to it. It’s called the Work & Play Bundle and includes Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music Pass, and Skype Unlimited World.

Individually, these services would cost near $450 /annually but for the next few weeks, through the holiday season, until January 4th, the price is just $199 which is over half off.

The biggest caveat being you can only buy the bundle as a gift card from physical Microsoft Store locations. Hopefully, the company will make this available on its online store, but so far, there is no indication that it will.

What are the Benefits of Microsoft Services?

Microsoft Work-Play BundleEach of the services listed above also has their perks involved, for instance, the Office 365 subscription gives you the Office suite as well as unlimited OneDrive storage that is great for backing up photos from any device. And you can install Office on up to five computers or Macs and five mobile devices.

Xbox Music Pass allows you to stream over 30 million songs ad-free on your computer, Xbox console, and virtually any mobile device.

Of course, Xbox Live Gold gives you access to all things Xbox like free monthly games and online support for either the 360 or Xbox One.

Skype Unlimited World provides unlimited Skype Calls world wide from you laptop, tablet, or phone, as well as access to over 2 million Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide.

It’s also worth noting that all of these services are cross-platform and have an app for your PC, Mac, Windows Phone, Android or iOS device…even Kindle Fire and Fire Phone.

What do you think of Microsoft services in general and if you’re a fan are you going to hop on this deal? Leave a comment below and let us know.



  1. Dick Maier

    November 12, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I would not pay an annual fee for a product. The longer you have it, the more it costs. The only one who gains, and gains BIG, is Microsoft.

  2. Guest333

    November 12, 2014 at 7:34 am

    What? This is truely worth it for someone with use and capabilities for this or if they currently pay for 2 or more of these subscriptions, personally i do. Xbox Gold and Music, Skype I only used since getting my ONE and i find it awesome seems my brother lives in Canada and im in Australia. Office and OneDrive dont use so much. The Unlimited Onedrive should stand on its own not be tagged with Office365, i believe xbox gold gives you free skype features and 8GB onedrive, at this point the extra money would not be missed if i could do and have more and get 365 on 5 devices… also if you have 3 of these things and dont pay a subscription for any, it is worth the thort. PC,Laptop,Tablet,Xbox360,XboxOne,Smartphone… This is only available at Microsoft stores, proply not Australia and only for a limited time… I want my subsciption to be like this everytime 1 straight up for all. My suggestion would be to continue this as standard or to allow 2 or more subscriptions to be packed by the user for a discounted price…

  3. Carol

    November 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I agree with you Dick. I want to purchase and own my software, not pay a “rental” fee to use it.

  4. Geoff K

    February 1, 2022 at 11:01 am

    All Microsoft are interested in is to extract as much income as possible from consumers. One of their frustrating methods is to have frequent “upgrades” to make it seem that they are justified in high charges. Usually this is 2 steps (if you’re lucky) forward, and 1 back. A phrase we use in England is “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. Americans appear to have their own which is “if it ain’t new, lets change it (often not for the better)

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