Microsoft Reportedly Working on a Consumer Version of Microsoft 365

Posted on December 12, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft, Microsoft 365, Office 365, Windows 10 with 61 Comments

Microsoft is reportedly working on making a consumer version of its Microsoft 365 service. The company provides Microsoft 365 subscription as an all-in-one solution to its enterprise and education customers, giving them access to products like Windows, Office, and EMS on a subscription basis.

The new consumer version of the service will simply be called Microsoft 365 Consumer, according to ZDNet. That’s obviously not a brilliant name, but it’s exactly what you’d expect from Microsoft.

Microsoft is hiring a Product Manager for the new Microsoft 365 Consumer subscription, but details on the service are unclear. It’s not clear exactly how Microsoft will tackle the pricing of the subscription, for one. Plus, on the consumer side, most of Microsoft’s services are free, so the features of the service will be quite interesting.

Mary Jo Foley predicts that the subscription could give users access to Windows 10 Home, Office 365 Home, Skype, Outlook, Cortana, Bing, and Microsoft To-Do. That’d be a perfect bundle for a consumer who lives on the Microsoft ecosystem, though I’m not sure if it will get much traction unless it’s priced cheaper than Office 365 Home.

Most consumers already have a licensed version of Windows 10 that came pre-installed with their device, so they wouldn’t really need Windows 10 Home separately — and unless Microsoft 365 Consumer is cheaper than Office 365 itself, I doubt any regular user would really want to pay for Microsoft 365 Consumer. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see what Microsoft does with Microsoft 365 going forward.

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