Microsoft has been shifting its software portfolio and have started to sell them as a service. Its a part of Microsoft’s new strategy to offer softwares like windows, office 365 etc to companies as a service. This has been great for Microsoft but they heavily targeted corporations with these packages. Now according to ZDNet, some changes might be coming to it.
Right now companies can purchase a bundle called Microsoft 365 which includes Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility and Security. But Microsoft is planning to introduce a new bundle called “Microsoft 365 consumer”. ZDNet found this on a job listing by Microsoft which read “The Subscription Product Marketing team is a new team being created to build and scale the Microsoft 365 Consumer Subscription.”
There are no specifics about this bundle but it might come with some edition of Windows, Office 365 and other proprietary consumer apps from Microsoft like Skype.
Microsoft is also betting big on cloud, which is evident from the new design of the Office 365 applications. The cloud implementation helps them sell these services on a subscription basis rather than a one-off sell. Microsoft 365 is on the subscription model, so there’s a big chance that even the consumer version features a similar monetization method.
Right now Microsoft has the following bundles –
- Microsoft 365 Enterprise;
- Microsoft 365 Business
- Microsoft 365 F1
- Microsoft 365 Education
- Microsoft 365 Nonprofit
- Microsoft 365 Government
But ZDNet writes that the consumer bundle might fall under Microsoft’s “Modern Life and Devices” project. This targets tech-savvy people with the aim to make them more productive through their software suite.
There’s another possibility that this bundle might be exclusive to surface devices as they are mostly work oriented. There’s no more information at this moment, so we will be waiting for an official announcement from Microsoft and keep you updated.