Tech giant, Microsoft is reportedly planning to release a bundled version of their Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 10 for their consumers. On Monday, the CEO of the company, Satya Nadella hinted the same during the launch of the Microsoft 365 bundle when a meeting was going on with selected journalists. While answering a question around Microsoft’s consumer focus, this was hinted at, and he went on to say that Microsoft already offered a similar bundle for the businesses and schools since 2017. But no details regarding the timeframe of the release of the consumer bundle was revealed.
A report from The Verge suggested that Satya Nadella noted that Microsoft had made a few mistakes “just saying let us enter every category, just because we are a software company.” The Redmond-based company has been busy making course-corrections and choosing their battles in the right manner. Their new strategy includes the release of a Microsoft 365 bundle for the consumers.
During the conversation, Nadella told the journalists- “I consider Microsoft 365 as a two-sided market. What we are doing with the existing Office 365 or what we will soon be talking about as Microsoft 365 consumer subscriptions, would be again completely consumer businesses.”
A December 2018 report from ZDNet accords that the consumer bundle might be known as Microsoft 365 Consumer, which will be similar to the school and business bundles. The publication spotted a job listing which was related to the consumer bundle last month, and this was the first sign which indicated that the company had been working on launching the consumer-centric version of their Microsoft 365 bundle.
The business and school bundles pack a number of features and products in addition to the Windows OS and Office 365, but it is not clear whether or not the consumer bundle will have similar extra products, similar to the OneDrive storage space. The pricing details also haven’t been revealed yet, but if it follows the lines of other bundles, it will be a subscription product and will have a monthly as well as yearly pricing.
On the other hand, Microsoft also has plans of tweaking their Cortana strategy, and it will not compete with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Instead, Microsoft will focus on providing Cortana voice assistant as a skill or app on their competing platforms.