Microsoft Office is finally available in the Windows Store

Microsoft is finally bringing its full version of Office to the Windows Store today. To coincide with the release of the new Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S, Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and Publisher will all be available in the Store. While Microsoft previously listed Office in the Store, this is the first time the company will let you download it and update the apps directly from the Windows Store.

The addition of Office is all part of Microsoft’s new push to convince developers to migrate their desktop apps to the Windows Store. After failing to convince developers to build new universal apps for Windows 8 and Windows 8, Microsoft now hopes its Centennial Desktop Bridge tool will help developers move traditional apps to the Windows Store. Surface Laptop owners and anyone with a new machine running Windows 10 S will have to download this version of Office, as 10 S is restricted to apps from the Windows Store.

In a support article, spotted by Twitter user WalkingCat, Microsoft notes there are some limitations on this Office version for the Windows Store. You’ll only be able to install 32-bit versions of Office, and COM add-ins are not supported. Microsoft isn’t including a OneNote desktop app in the Windows Store, but the existing UWP app will be installed instead. Windows 10 S users can still use the existing Office mobile apps, and Microsoft is placing its install and update process for Office in the Windows Store in preview until it’s fully tested.

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So if they are downloaded separately, does that mean you pay for them separately?

Subscriptions are separate than app downloads; if you have an O365 subscription, it’ll work.

This is pretty good, though essential really if Windows 10 S is ever going to have an impact! Good luck to them.

Tom, when’s the new Surface Pro review coming? It’s out today, but there’s no reviews anywhere!

Tom, do you have any info regarding the upgrade path from Office 365 Business and/or Personal? Is a future upgrade going to simply uninstall the "normal" versions and install the Store ones seamlessly or will we need to do this manually?

One thing that always seems to be the trouble with MS and their relationship with the store is that they seem to neglect it as much as the other devs. It’s great that they are doing this, but the fact that they took that long makes you wonder what is going on. I mean, you check their youtube channel and you have videos of a dev converting their app to UWP in less than 4 minutes inside a racing car, but when they have to do it they spend months in preview or have less features.

Where’s the mixer app MS? how come it’s everywhere but on windows?
Where’s the new Skype experience? Why did android get it first?

I’m not saying it should be "first and best on windows" like ballmer wanted, but "at the same time as other platforms and with feature parity" should at lest be the norm. By taking longer they are making it look like it is harder to develop for windows than for any other OS.

I’m not saying it should be "first and best on windows" like ballmer wanted, but "at the same time as other platforms and with feature parity" should at lest be the norm. By taking longer they are making it look like it is harder to develop for windows than for any other OS.

This, this. A thousand times this.

Its symptomatic of an enormous company that cant communicate internally, makes it look to the outside world like its undermining its own platform.

Where’s the new Skype experience? Why did android get it first?

I agree with you in general, but let’s let Android keep that specific disaster to themselves for as long as possible.

Skype, while owned by Microsoft, operates independently I believe.

Yeah, I still can’t believe VSCode, Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio, and SQL Server Management Studio aren’t on there. At least put the old Express versions on the store.

Just like you mentioned Mixer isn’t even on there. I noticed the tab in the Xbox app yesterday and clicked on a stream just to be thrown to a browser. I looked for it on the store, and nope. Browser only for now.

But the UWP version of OneNote is sooooooo baaaaaaaaad >_>

No, it isn’t. When was the last time you tried it?

Uh, like a year ago Has it changed since then?

It’s gotten a little better, now it is just soooo baaad.

it have less feature, copy paste its not as good as old version

It isn’t bad, but it’s not good either. Pretty much the majority of OneNote’s standout features (versus something like Evernote) are not present in the desktop version.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s getting better (finally added audio notes in the most recent updates), but it’s no comparison for the desktop version’s power. As I say below… Microsoft trusts users to make their own decision between Win32 and UWP for every other Office app, but is instead forcing UWP OneNote and not letting users decide for themselves there. It makes no sense.

From what I’ve read about the state of OneNote, MS pretty much considers OneNote 2016 finished and is only focusing on OneNote UWP now. That’s why the UWP version has been getting some new features that the OneNote 2016 hasn’t (and apparently never will) while at the same time the UWP version is catching up to the desktop version in features that one has (but probably never fully will).

If you don’t need the heavy power-user features of OneNote 2016, the UWP version is a very good app in my opinion.

You’re right that they’re phasing out desktop OneNote, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea either.

To clarify my mistake I just noticed:

"Pretty much the majority of OneNote’s standout features (versus something like Evernote) are only present in the desktop Win32 version."

…or

"Pretty much the majority of OneNote’s standout features (versus something like Evernote) are not present in the UWP version."

I just used it this morning, and it still can’t compare to OneNote 2016. The only thing I use the UWP version of OneNote for is note taking with the pen. All other work is done in the full app, and I spend a good chunk of my day in OneNote.

Well, I’ve moved to the UWP version full-time a couple of updates back but I’m not that much of a heavy power user of OneNote, so I’ll certainly give you that the UWP version is behind in power user features. I just think that if you don’t need those, and I suppose most people don’t, then the UWP version is actually a very good app for what it does. My issue with the statement was saying it was bad when I feel that an app offering a simpler experience than another app does not make the app bad per se.

How is payment managed? Can you buy a yearly subscription in the Store? Can you download the apps from the Store and use an existing subscription? Is there the option to buy the standalone suite or individual apps, or use an existing license?

Probably works just the same as before. You download the app and sign in. Why would it be any different?

Microsoft Store:: We know its a bit shit, but bear with us, were getting there. Okay?

so where is the link for that? I don’t see office in store.

Only for Windows 10 S devices for now, apparently they still consider them to be in preview because of the way they update compared to the normal versions.

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