Microsoft is putting together an unusual package deal for Office 365 subscription buyers, but unfortunately those in the U.S. won’t be able to take advantage.
The Redmond software giant is offering 12 months of free Xbox Live memberships for anyone who purchases an Office 365 Home Premium (year-long) or Office 365 University subscription (4-year) before September 28th.
The offer is good in 38 countries, though Uncle Sam was left off the list.
Microsoft changed up its Office product in January by offering the productivity suite as a subscription for home users for the first time — pay a recurring annual fee of $99.99/year rather than a one-time license. The company announced in May that Office 365 Home Premium surpassed 1 million subscribers in about 100 days. At the time, Microsoft said the new Office was the best-selling version of the software in its history.
The $99.99/year subscription comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and other Office apps for up to five machines, plus an extra 20 GB of SkyDrive Storage, and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes per month. The company still sells a traditional version, Office Home & Student, for a one-time-licensing fee of $139.99, with the ability to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on one PC.
Previously on GeekWire: Microsoft Office debuts on on iOS — for iPhone, not iPad