What is Microsoft's Windows 10 S and should I upgrade to Pro?

Gwen Vasquez
June 16, 2017

Microsoft's promise to bring Office to Windows Store this June is about to come true. Because of that early release status, Microsoft is giving a free one-year subscription to Office 365 personal to with a Windows 10S device. After the preview period is over, users on other Windows 10 devices will also be able to buy and install Office using the Windows Store.

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

Though the bulk of the suite is made up of bridged desktop versions of the Office apps, they are the 32-bit versions; 64-bit versions are not available via the Windows Store.

The company does point out in a support article that the Office version that's listed on the Windows Store is going to have some limitations.

According to the support article, Office in the Windows Store will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and Publisher.

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Office in the Windows Store will be made available to other Windows 10 users once it comes out of its current "preview" release. Users will not be able to add COM add-ins, and OneNote app will be installed instead of the OneNote 2016 desktop version from the Windows Store, as per the company. As a result, Office in the Windows Store may occasionally behave in unexpected ways.

It's worth noting that OneNote is the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of the app that has been available for some time.

As a part of the launch of the new Surface Laptop that runs Windows 10 S and limits the hardware to run only apps from the Windows Store, Microsoft today brought its suite of Office apps to the Store for both 10 S and full Windows 10 users to download.

Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home, Office 365 for Education Plus and Office 365 Education E5 subscribers will automatically have access to the Office apps in the Windows Store.

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