Microsoft 365 May Become the Mainstream Consumer Subscription

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At a recent press event, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella hinted that Microsoft will “soon be talking about” plans for Microsoft 365 consumer subscriptions. The service currently bundles Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Satya’s words hint at a bigger Microsoft project aimed for consumers. After talking about the success of its Surface and Bing advertising businesses, Nadella turned to Office 365. By making a passing mention of Microsoft 365 for consumers, he said – “So I would say Surface is a brand, 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.

Nadella also raised the possibility that a consumer Microsoft 365 subscription may include Xbox tie-ins as well.  “We have a structural position in that we have both a console business as well as a PC business which happens to be in fact bigger than the console business when it comes to gaming, and the idea is to aggregate those sockets with a subscription service.

Cortana no Longer a Google Assistant or Alexa Competitor

Satya Nadella revealed that Microsoft no longer sees Cortana as a competitor to Alexa or Google Assistant. “Cortana needs to be that skill for anybody who’s a Microsoft 365 subscriber. “You should be able to use it on Google Assistant. You should be able to use it on Alexa. Just like how you use our apps on Android and iOS so that’s at least how we want to think about where it’ll go.”

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley previously reported that it could include Windows 10, Skype, Outlook, Office 365, and other services.  There’s not much news about the subscription. But given that Microsoft has started talking about it, we may hear more pretty soon.

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