Office desktop apps available for selected Windows Insiders


At Build 2017, Microsoft announced Office desktop apps for Windows 10 S (only for Surface Laptop). Later on early last month, Microsoft made Office desktop apps available for every Windows 10 S devices.

And now Microsoft sending out invitation to Windows Insiders to try out their Office desktop apps through Windows Store on Windows 10 devices. As Windows Central pointed out emails are only being sent to Windows Insider who also have an active Office 365 accounts. Insiders can try Office desktop app on any Windows 10 PC running Creators Update or later (build 15036.153, version 1703).

Office desktop apps from Windows Store are differences from the regular Office apps. These are 32-bit versions of the Office apps. Microsoft used Project Centennial also known as Windows Desktop Bridge in order to bring 32-bit version of apps to Windows Store. In case if you are wondering you won’t be able to find the 32 bit version of the OnteNote 2016 app from Windows Store; you have to use Universal Windows Platform app of OneNote.

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Furthermore, the email also include detailed information about how to remove and backup existing Office app. Invitation includes a link which which allows Insiders to install Office 365 desktop apps from Windows Store. Office Desktop apps are way much smoother and performance of them is really good.

After necessary improvements from insider’s feedback Microsoft will made them available for all Windows 10 users. It is expected that company will made them available along with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.