Windows 10 S users can now download Office Desktop apps

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Microsoft’s Windows is not something known for its super slick response time. Despite upgrading to the Windows 10 Creators Update often my PC hangs up on me and leaves me no option to reboot. In order to make the Windows lighter and faster Microsoft recently announced the Windows 10 S for budget PC’s and also premium ultrabooks like the Surface Laptop. The thing with Windows 10 S is that users cannot sideload and install programs that are not in the app store.

Well, the sandboxed environment did mean faster speeds but again that came at a compromise of a closed environment. In fact, the Windows 10 S was criticized since one could not even install a third party browser since the Windows Store had none available. Thankfully Microsoft is working on the apps part and has released Office Desktop apps for Windows 10 S. The Office Desktop app is now available for all the Windows 10 S PC and installations.

Also Read: Are Office apps the best Windows 10 S has to offer?

That’s not all, Microsoft will also be bundling 1 year of Office 365 Personal for the Surface devices running Windows 10 S along with free 1TB of storage on OneDrive. The Office subscription offers Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote as well. On a related note, Windows 10 S ISO is available for testing purposes and a new lineup of affordable laptops running the operating system has already been launched by OEM’s like Lenovo.

The Windows 10 S will run almost all the editions of Office including 365 Personal, Home, Education Plus and the Education E5. The Office apps listed below will be available for Windows 10 S on the Windows Store,

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote for Windows 10
  • Outlook (Excluded from preview for Office 365 Education Plans)
  • Access(Excluded from preview for Office 365 Education Plans)
  • Publisher(Excluded from preview for Office 365 Education Plans)

How is the Office from Windows Store different than the current Office Desktop suite?

Yes, while Microsoft has ensured that it retains all the quintessential features of the Windows Store version it does have some elementary differences.

  • Users will only be able to install the 32-bit version of the Office
  • COM add-ins are not supported
  • OneNote 2016 is replaced by OneNote for Windows 10.

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