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Microsoft Expands Office 365 Offering for Lumia 950/950XL Customers

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Microsoft Expands Office 365 Offering for Lumia 950/950XL Customers

February 25, 2016
By Michelle Amodio
TMCnet Contributor

There’s never been a better time to purchase Microsoft’s (News - Alert) Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL. If you’ve been on the fence, Microsoft has been luring users toward its flagship smartphone by offering new and existing users a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal. The only catch? Its initial plan only included customers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Microsoft has since expanded this promotion to other countries, including India, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, and Australia, casting a wider, more attractive net to current and prospective customers.

Why is the deal so enticing? For one, users of Microsoft products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote no longer have to invest in legacy disks with aging license keys. Instead, Office 365 personal provides access to all of the tried and true productivity tools across multiple devices for a yearly subscription fee of $69.99. With the investment of the liberally priced smart device, users can bypass this fee and enjoy fully-installed applications that far surpass the desktop.

The expansion will certainly help gain more customers on the global level, but the offer is not forever. The company has made the offer valid only until July 30th, so those who are beguiled by the offering still have a bit of time to take advantage.

This deal follows a price cut to the device; most recently, it was spotted at retailer B&H for $529.95, $100 lower than its original price. Prior to this, the Lumia 950 and the 950 XL both received price cuts in the U.K. shortly after the phones were announced.

The smartphone has a 1440x2560 display, 3GB of RAM (News - Alert), 32GB of storage, a 20MP rear camera and a 5 MP front facing camera, along with support for Continuum to allow it to connect to a monitor with an optional display dock so it can be used like a PC.

The price certainly reflects its capabilities; it’s not just a smartphone, rather a phablet. Users have been clamoring over gigantic phones since the original Galaxy Note announcement, and possibly even before that over phones which are now comparably quite small. They come with a handful of advantages that far surpass what you can do on a small screen, thus a subscription to app services makes the price tag (News - Alert) seem more palatable.

Larger displays simply let you do more – the home screen grid size is increased, more information is displayed at a time within a single application, and, in just about every way imaginable, the UI is utilized more appropriately.

Microsoft is wise to expand its offering for customers wishing for such an extravagant device. The flagship smartphones have received praise from many experts and users alike. 

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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