Microsoft Office: Full version comes to the Windows Store


Microsoft is making the full version of Office available in the Windows Store to owners of its new Surface Laptop.

Office in the Windows Store will be available from today to those running Windows 10 S on Microsoft Surface devices, according to a Microsoft support article.

The Office launch coincides with the worldwide availability of the Surface Laptop, Microsoft’s $999, mid- to high-end laptop aimed at students.

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The release brings the full version of Office to the laptop, which runs Windows 10 S, a locked-down version of Windows that only allows users to install apps from the Windows Store.

Office in the Windows Store will be made available to other Windows 10 users once it comes out of its current ‘preview’ release.

According to the support article, Office in the Windows Store will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and Publisher. When the preview period is over, other Office editions will also work on Windows 10 S, including Office Home & Student 2016 and Office Home & Business 2016.

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley points out that the version of Office available through the store is not identical to the full desktop Office suite. Differences include Office in the Windows Store being 32-bit only, being unable to use COM add-ins on Windows 10 S, and the OneNote app being the Universal Windows Platform version, rather than OneNote 2016 version.

Following the availability of Office in the Windows Store, Microsoft is repositioning existing Windows Store Office apps as being ‘Office Mobile apps’, for phones and tablets with screen sizes smaller than 10.1-inches.

Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home, Office 365 for Education Plus and Office 365 Education E5 subscribers will have access to Office in the Windows Store on Surface devices running Windows 10 S. Office in the Windows Store is not currently available to those on Office 365 business plans.

Microsoft’s Surface laptop is garnering praise for its specs and decent battery. In her review, Foley described it as “a nice addition to Microsoft’s line-up for productivity workers who want a well-crafted device that’s a cut above many of the Windows laptops on the market”.

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