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 now available to those on Office 365 business plans. And eventually, both Apple and Spotify will bring their desktop apps to the Windows Store for more users to enjoy as well. 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 numerous Windows laptops on the market".
When Microsoft unveiled the Surface Laptop recently, it glossed over a major announcement about Microsoft Office; You see, the Surface Laptop runs the Windows 10 S operating system, which is sandboxed basically and can only install apps from the Windows Store. Microsoft seemingly is christening this release "Office in the Windows Store".
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According to the support article, Office in the Windows Store will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and Publisher.
This isn't the first time that Office is being listed on the Windows Store. While the apps themselves are the final stable versions, the new install and update process are in a preview period for Windows S only. The company further says that in 2018, Office 365 plans for business customers will also be supported.
One other caveat is that the OneNote 2016 desktop app isn't ready yet. Users will only be able to install the 32-bit versions of Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and Publisher. But Microsoft is repositioning these UWP apps as "Office Mobile apps" that are recommended for phones and tablets with screen sizes less than 10.1.