Software giant Microsoft initially unveiled its Microsoft 365 bundle for Windows 10 targeted at businesses and schools in 2017. For commercial customers, it made perfect sense to buy Office and Windows licenses. But now, the company is also planning to launch a similar Microsoft 365 bundle for consumers. Earlier this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hinted at a media event that the company is planning to launch Microsoft 365 for consumers.
We should mention that lately; the software giant’s focus has increased towards its business customers. With this becoming more and more evident, Nadella did have to answer certain questions about Microsoft’s consumer focus at the media event.
As mentioned in various press reports, the CEO admitted that Microsoft has “made a bunch of mistakes by just saying let’s just enter every category, just because we’re a software company,”. He also added that going forward, the company will be choosing its battle of business vs consumer more wisely. And needless to say, subscriptions are inevitably a part of this battle for Microsoft.
Nadella also added that “I think about Microsoft 365 as a two-sided market. What we are doing with Office 365 or what we will soon be talking about as Microsoft 365 consumer subscriptions, those would be again completely consumer businesses.”
It has also been reported that the company’s CEO hinted that for consumers, Office 365 will be renamed to Microsoft 365. Prior to the confirmation by the company, it was reported in December last year by ZDNet that Microsoft consumer bundle will be available soon. Although there is no official word from the company on what all the bundle will comprise of, it is being speculated that it will come with Office 365, Skype, Cortana, and Outlook Mobile. However, there is no clarity on if Windows 10 will be a part of the Microsoft 365 for consumers.
Typically, devices with a Windows 10 license are bought by consumers and most people don’t opt for Windows unless they have to build their own PC. So, we are expecting the company to add some benefits to Microsoft 365 within Windows, but then, only time will tell what the company actually has up its sleeve.