Microsoft Begins Testing Office Store Apps With non-Windows S Users

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Brad Sams in Office 365 with 18 Comments

Microsoft Defends Windows Store, Promises Improvements

With the release of the Surface Laptop (and Windows 10 S) earlier this year, Microsoft made available Office apps through the Windows Store. Well, they made it available only to those users running Windows 10 S with their shiny new Laptops but that is slowly changing.

Earlier this summer, Microsoft made it possible for nearly anyone to install Windows 10 S but unfortunately, you were not able to use the store Office apps. Why Microsoft was not letting these S users access the Office apps isn’t known but it looks like the company is now expanding the set of consumers who can access these apps.

The Windows Insider team has begun sending out invites to test out the new apps. The email says that the invite-only program is for a small sub-set of Insider community and the apps will work on Windows 10 Creators Update or later.

While these apps are still not yet available to everyone, this is an encouraging sign that they are slowly expanding the circle of who is able to access these apps. Also, this confirms my suspicion that anyone with a Surface Laptop has been a beta tester of the apps.

For now, there is not much you can do if you want to try out these apps but were not invited to the preview program. That being said, hopefully, we do not have to wait too much longer for the company to make these apps available to everyone.

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