Microsoft brings full Office desktop apps to Windows Store

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Microsoft has been expanding the ways its users can access the full Office desktop apps. The full suite of apps previously became available via Office 365, then via the mobile version of the operating system later. Now, the software giant is bringing full Office desktop apps to the Windows Store.

The impending arrival of the Office suite to the Windows Store highlights the importance of Windows 10 Cloud. Microsoft will introduce Office to the Windows Store via the Desktop App Converter, formerly Project Centennial. Microsoft developed the tool to help developers easily offer traditional desktop programs as apps. More to the point, the Redmond titan seems to be executing its overarching plan to offer Office desktop apps to more users.

The porting of full Office apps to the Windows Store means users will soon be able to use offline-capable Office programs. Many believe it will also serve as a major selling point for Windows 10 S. In the grander scheme of things, it is part of Microsoft’s effort to take on Chromebooks in the classroom while adding support for 3D objects to the desktop programs later this fall.

While Office apps are already available in the Windows Store, only their mobile versions are present, which means they are optimized to scale from Windows Phones to the Surface Hub. Currently, you won’t find the PC version of the Office apps and although it’s now confirmed those desktop Office apps are coming to the Windows Store, Windows chief Terry Myerson didn’t give an exact date as to their release.

With the Office apps’ launch on PCs, the future of Windows Phone is now subject to much speculation. However, Microsoft still needs to convince PC developers to adopt the Windows Store if Windows 10 S is to succeed. And the PC debut of Office apps is a major step toward making Windows 10 S computers edge out the Chromebooks.

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  • It would be really nice if they just made the Office Mobile apps free, or maybe charge like a one-time fee of $50 for them, then to use the full-featured office applications in the Windows Store you would get a 365 subscription or pay a premium of some sort.

    The way Microsoft is going about it now is so convoluted. I actually *like* the mobile apps better, not only because they’re simpler and I don’t need all the features of the full version, but UWP apps are also way faster than Win32 apps. At the same time though, I don’t want to have to pay a yearly sub to use the mobile apps. It’s totally not worth it when there are other alternatives like OpenOffice and LibreOffice out there for free.