Posted by: kurtsh | December 8, 2014

INFO: What comes with the “Work & Play” Bundle from the Microsoft Store

imageThe “Work & Play” bundle is a set of 1 year subscriptions offered at a VERY steep discount ($149), only at the Microsoft Store.  As mentioned here & here, it contains 4 subscriptions:

  • Office 365 Home ($99 value)
  • Xbox Live Gold ($59 value)
  • Xbox Music Pass ($99 value)
  • Skype Unlimited World + Wifi
    ($150+ value: NOT AVAILABLE SEPARATELY)

WHAT DO YOU PHYSICALLY WALK OUT OF THE STORE WITH?
For those that haven’t done this yet, they give you 3 gift cards each with “scratch off” codes for each subscription, along with one small boxed copy of Office 365 Home. (This box simply contains yet a 4th gift card in it with a “scratch off” code to redeem for Office 365 Home)

There’s no product box or anything for the Work & Play bundle:  It’s basically just 4 separate gift cards. (Photo above is a snapshot of what I got walking out of the Microsoft Store in Century City.)

There doesn’t appear to be anything preventing you from simply using the gift cards you need personally, then gifting the remaining gift cards for the holidays to friends & relatives.

WHY IS IT BUNDLED LIKE THIS?
Here’s the funny thing:  The store actually has “cardboard boxes” for this bundle on display but they don’t actually give the box to you.  As it’s been explained to me, it’s basically just something the store is “trying out” as a promotional vehicle for a limited time (that’s why the offer ends in January) and it was put together by the Microsoft Stores themselves.  This is why you won’t find this deal anywhere else – not even the online Microsoft Store.

Jump on this bundle:  The Work & Play Suite is an awesome “65% off deal” that is available until January 4th… or until they run out since it’s a limited run of subscriptions bundles.


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