“Office in the Windows Store” is on its way, probably today

Kit McDonald

Microsoft Office

Microsoft’s promise to bring Office to Windows Store this June is about to come true. Bridged through Project Centennial, the full version of Office already has an FAQ page linked by WalkingCat last evening.


“It’s the Office you know and trust, delivered in a new way from the Windows Store,” the description reads. Included will apps that make up the typical Office suite such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and Publisher. All of which will be available for Surface devices running Windows 10 S.They also say that the release will be today, June 15th. 

This makes sense, ZDNet points out in their article. A June 15th release for Office in the Windows Store is also coinciding with the shipments of Surface Laptops finally being received. The new devices run the required Windows 10 S, a lighter version of Windows 10 that restricts app usage mainly to the Windows Store, and buyers were given a free promotional offer of 1 year Office 365 subscription.

The promo is actually a buffer for the Office in the Windows Store preview period. As explained by the FAQ:

While Office itself is not in preview, Office is using new install and update processes that are in preview. As a result, Office in the Windows Store may occasionally behave in unexpected ways.

If the FAQ is to be believed, we should see Office in the Windows Store as early as today. If a rolling release slows it down, Microsoft’s June deadline only has a couple of weeks left. In either case, it’s safe to say that Office in the Windows Store is on its way.