Microsoft Announces New Office App for Windows 10

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Outlook.com, OneDrive, Office 365, Office, Windows 10 with 28 Comments

Microsoft today announced a new Office app for Windows 10. It will replace the My Office app that currently ships with the system.

“Starting today, we’re bringing the new Office.com experience to Windows 10 in the form of an app, simply called Office,” Microsoft corporate vice president Jared Spataro announced. “It’s now available to Windows Insiders (Fast) and will roll out to all Windows 10 users soon. The app is free and it can be used with any Office 365 subscription, the latest perpetual versions of Office, or Office Online, the free web-based version of Office for consumers.”

The Office app provides the following benefits:

Quickly switch between apps. The Office app provides shortcuts to all of your Office applications so you can access them from a single place.

Get back into your work. The Office app also provides shortcuts to our most recently used documents, pinned documents, and documents shared with you.

Find what you need. Thanks to integrated Microsoft Search, you can find the apps, documents, people, and sites you need quickly and easily.

Tailor it to your organization. Organizations can brand the Office app and add shortcuts to their own line of business (LOB) applications for a more personalized experience.

The Office app is certainly nicer-looking and more useful than the old My Office app. But I can’t imagine that many users will actually use this thing regularly, and for the same reasons. It’s just not necessary, thanks to OneDrive integration with Windows 10 and the Most Recently Used (MRU) document functionality in all Office applications.

 

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28 responses to “Microsoft Announces New Office App for Windows 10”

  1. Tony Barrett

    Just another app to try and get people to subscribe to Office365. Win10 is just a conduit to all these subscription services, which is why MS can't afford for it to fail. It's not about Windows anymore, it's all about the subscriptions!

  2. prem123

    now i am ms office 2010 user but in future sure i will try this one.. microsoft is love.

  3. uniquefriends

    thank you for this valuable information

  4. mahiuddin

    Wow, This is great . Hopefully it will help us to increase productivity especially who runs Blog.

  5. masud0011

    I suppose this would explain why the 'Show recently used files in Quick access' option on my file explorer turned itself off and wont allow itself to be turned back on... Fun times.

  6. TheFerrango

    So it's becoming the new Office Toolbar from the 90s

  7. PeterC

    So this is the office gateway app for the upcoming edge/chromium based browser and lite windows brigade of hardware?

  8. jchampeau

    Outlook used to be a piece of desktop software and everyone understood it. Office used to be a suite of applications, not an app that duplicates a bunch of existing features and functions. Skype refers to two separate products and so does OneDrive. Even Windows can mean software that either runs Windows applications or doesn't. Seriously, why do they do this kind of thing over and over and over?

  9. Thom77

    Am i the only one that cringes when i see the term "app"



    • locust infested orchard inc

      In reply to Thom77:

      I'm in the same boat as you. Whenever I hear the utterance of the word "app", it makes me feel to smash their device with a baseball bat.


      For me, "app" is the contraction of the word "appshit" (c.f. apeshit).

    • Sam Brien

      In reply to Thom77:


      “Application” would imply that the software goes to solving a problem.


      This “app” however goes towards solving nothing.

    • Winner

      In reply to Thom77:

      We used to say "application".

      When Apple came out with the iPhone, they used the term "App". I took that to mean "a light program for a smartphone device". And to me that made some sense.

      But then Microsoft got Apple envy and started using that term all over the place. Which is not what I would have preferred. I like "Apps" on phones and tablets and "Applications" on computers. But now we are where we are and it's a mess.

  10. Winner

    Why do I feel like the ever increasing complexity is going in the wrong direction?

    I just finished a bunch of training videos for SharePoint and Office 365 and OneDrive for work and I don't know how ordinary people would be able to make use of all that complexity. You almost need to understand the underlying architecture of everything to even use it properly.

  11. skane2600

    As we've discussed before, Integrated search is not a good idea (at least not for users).

  12. dcdevito

    So it's an Office.com web wrapper? In a way though I like it...a central hub to all your Office work and files. It's one thing I like about Google Drive. Although it's befuddling to see a new app where OneDrive seems like a natural fit for this.

  13. christian.hvid

    "But I can’t imagine that many users will actually use this thing regularly"


    Why not? If this is indeed Office.com wrapped inside an app, it would be a perfect fit for anyone who really doesn't need full fat desktop Office but also doesn't enjoy living in the browser. As an added bonus, it could finally put the Windows 10 email app out to pasture.

  14. webdev511

    Not really a whole lot different than the default landing page when you log into Office 365...

  15. Passinttd

    I suppose this would explain why the 'Show recently used files in Quick access' option on my file explorer turned itself off and wont allow itself to be turned back on... Fun times.

  16. Dan1986ist

    Is Office.com a PWA now or something like that? Also, Others in Windows Insider Fast ring, have any of you seen the new app yet? I type in Office in the Microsoft Store on Windows Insider Fast device and the new Office app doesn't show up.

    • will

      In reply to Dan1986ist:

      I believe you will see PWA Office soon. They are doing lots of work on the web side, even more than the client side.

    • Usman

      In reply to Dan1986ist:

      That seems to be the case, wouldn't be surprised considering its a fairly easy thing to do. The Office suite is all rewritten in React.


      Using a client side javascript framework is usually the go to for building web based applications including be it electron, cordova/phonegap and now PWAs.


  17. MAHARGHA

    Wow, This is great . Hopefully it will help us to increase productivity especially who runs Blog.