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 also offers web versions of the Office apps, which are powerful and do work with the Surface Laptop, but with the new desktop versions, there's offline access. There's still a long way to go for developers more to adjust and convert their apps but Microsoft is hoping the Windows Store will eventually become the go to place for millions of desktop apps.
Microsoft is making the full version of Office available in the Windows Store to owners of its new Surface Laptop.
Will you be downloading Office from the Windows Store?
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. As a result, Office in the Windows Store may occasionally behave in unexpected ways.
It has further been mentioned that Outlook, Access and Publisher won't be made available as part of the said releases because the software is not part of the Office 365 Education plan. In addition, you'll be installing 32-bit versions of the Office apps, while COM add-ins aren't supported. Other Windows 10 devices will be able to buy and install Office apps from the Windows Store after this preview period is over. This is important as devices running Windows 10 S are restricted to using apps from Windows Store, and also because Microsoft hopes other developers will follow suit porting their apps.
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.