Microsoft has brought its full version of Office to the Windows Store with apps like Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Access made available to coincide with the launch of their new Surface Laptops running on Windows 10 S. Though Microsoft had already listed Office in the Windows Store, this is the first time it is letting users download it and update all the apps right from the Windows Store.
Office in the Windows Store
Though undoubtedly the most easy to use, simple and having the same interface and features across all devices be they desktop PCs, laptops, and tablets as well as Windows phones, Office for Windows 10 is undoubtedly the most convenient application in the market in its category, however, it can still be a bit confusing for starters.
Luckily, we are on hand with some handy details about how to download it, how it works and what one can expect from this touch-friendly incarnation of Microsoft’s Office suite.
The Office Will Be On the Windows Store
The Office will now be available on Windows Store giving easy access to Office applications for those using Surface Laptops running on Windows 10S. The Office in Windows store is only available for Surface Laptops running on Windows 10S for now, however by the end of the Office’s Install and Updates’ preview period, the suite will be available for download on all devices running Windows 10.
The Preview Version Comes Free for Surface Laptops
All the Surface Laptops shipped before the end of Office’s preview period will come loaded with one year of Office 365 Personal.
Office in Windows Store Comes Heavily Loaded
Office on Windows Store will have almost all the most commonly used apps made available from June, 15th 2017 for Surface Laptop users. These will include:
- OneNote for Windows 10
- Access (Unavailable in preview for Office 365 Education plans)
- Outlook (Unavailable in preview for Office 365 Education plans)
- Publisher (Unavailable in preview for Office 365 Education plans)
Limited But Sufficient Access to Various Editions of Office for Windows 10S
Until the end of the preview period, various editions of Office will offer access to Office in the Windows Store for Windows 10S, while more editions will be made available by the end of the Preview period.
- Office 365 Education E5
- Office 365 Home
- Office 365 for Education Plus
- Office 365 Personals
Slightly Different from Your Usual Office
The office in Windows Store though provides almost all the functionality of a Usual Office suite. However, it does have a few differences in features. For instance, it does not allow you to install the 64-bit version of Office leaving users with the option of installing a 32-bit version only. The Office on Windows Store also doesn’t let you use COM add-ins, while the OneNote included in it is also the Windows 10 version instead of OneNote 2016.
The Range of Office Mobile Apps Available on Windows Store
Though the Office Mobile apps like PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, are designed for devices with smaller screen sizes like tablets and smartphones, however, these apps are compatible with Windows 10S devices as well and run pretty smoothly.
Office Validity and Subscriptions
Microsoft will allow users to continue using the remaining time in their Office 365 subscription post the end of the preview period and once their time runs out, customers will be able to renew their Office 365 through either the regular Office.com platform of the Windows Store. And the good news is, even upon upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, the one year of Office 365 Personal that will come with Windows 10S Surface Laptops will not be wasted, and users can activate it anytime. For Windows users who already have an Office Home or Office 365 Personal access, can also use Office in the Windows Store. Moreover, during the preview period, Microsoft is letting subscribers extend their previous subscription with the one year of Office 365 Personal pack that they get with their purchase of a Surface Laptop.
To read more about Microsoft Office in the Windows Store, please check the details here.