Worldwide PC sales are falling, which means Microsoft’s traditional way of making money from new Office activations is becoming outdated. In steps Office 365, a cloud productivity suite that allows you to use Office in a browser and download the latest version of the Office suite on up to 5 different PCs/Macs. Microsoft recently announced that the Office 365 product line had breached the important $1 billion in revenue a year mark that is coveted by business managers at Microsoft joining the like of Windows, Xbox and around a dozen other divisions at Microsoft. Sales however have come mostly from large corporate accounts and not from a massive adoption from the consumer space as Microsoft had hoped.
One thing that does have a massive consumer following is the Xbox Live online gaming service, so Microsoft have decided to give away a 1 year Xbox Live subscription with every copy of Office 365 purchased and activated between July 18, 2013 and September 28, 2013.
The promotion is available in the following countries:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the U.K.
Office 365 Home Premium is R749.99 per year (the university edition is R699.99 for 4 years) and an Xbox Live 12 month subscription is anywhere from R345 – R390. If you were on the fence about Office 365, then maybe right now is the time to buy.