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Microsoft Is Bringing Office to the Windows Store (venturebeat.com) 57

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: At its Microsoft EDU event in New York City today, the company announced it is bringing Microsoft Office to the Windows Store. We're talking about the full Win32 version of Office -- this is not a mobile version, Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app, or an otherwise dumbed-down release. Terry Myerson, executive vice president for Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, confirmed onstage that Word, Excel, PowerPoint, "and more" were coming. He did not give a date for the launch (Update: Microsoft confirmed after the event that the target is June). Office is not the first set of Win32 apps in the Windows Store. This is part of a broader effort called Project Centennial, which lets desktop developers package and publish their existing .NET and Win32-based Windows applications to the Windows Store. The app type was first unveiled at Microsoft's Build developer conference in April 2015, but the first apps only started arriving in September 2016.
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Microsoft Is Bringing Office to the Windows Store

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  • You couldn't buy word on the windows store? That can't be true, can it?

    • Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Microsoft Sells Their Own Software in Their Branded Store!

      Come on, slashdot, don't use bots for clickbait, you need some real humans to write your clickbait for this demographic.

      • To be honest, it would have otherwise been surprising, because even Microsoft themselves know that their crappy store is a wasteland, but they kind of had to. They probably wouldn't have bothered doing this if it hadn't been for the upcoming release of "Windows 10 S", which stands for "Windows 10, Shit edition".

        If Microsoft actually wanted Office in this way for any other reason, I'm sure they would have gone the extra mile and outright made it into a UWP app, but even they don't want to swallow that turd.

        • I like the S though, I used to run Win 3.11 with the 32s extensions. Kept me from having to use Windows 95.

          Windows 10 has way bigger problems than an S.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Not that surprising. We're not exactly dealing with a rational company here.

    • by BeauHD ( 4450103 ) Works for Slashdot
      I'm afraid it is. They're finally being added to "beef up" the Windows Store.
      • by AK Marc ( 707885 ) on Tuesday May 02, 2017 @07:25PM (#54345067)
        Funny how this is announced in step with the announcement of Windows 10 S, which will only run things from the Windows Store. Seems like the timing is related.
        • by Kjella ( 173770 )

          Funny how this is announced in step with the announcement of Windows 10 S, which will only run things from the Windows Store. Seems like the timing is related.

          Both are a consequence of Microsoft giving up on mobile, without convergence they don't need UWP so they don't care if it's a "classic" application anymore. They're still trying to salvage their "take a cut from every sale" strategy of copying Apple, but if they don't do anything there's no reason for manufacturers to use the store. So the store-only version of Windows is a poorly hidden attempt to sell crippleware under the guise of being educational while goading manufacturers to make store versions of th

          • by tepples ( 727027 )

            They're still trying to salvage their "take a cut from every sale" strategy of copying Apple

            Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade preceded Apple's iOS App Store in this respect.

          • by Rob Y. ( 110975 )

            So, assuming this is the existing Win32 version of Office repackaged to live in the app store, can we also assume it's the X86 version? Or are they providing tools to build native ARM versions of Win32 apps. Are all 10 S devices required to use Intel processors?

        • I don't actually want to slag off Windows, Microsoft or the people who swear by Microsoft products - but every time I see this kind of news, I'm just so happy I left it behind and moved to Linux. It is strange, and not a little sad, to look back to the time when DOS and Windows were so cool and I thought of Microsoft as pioneers in making computer freedom possible. I used to love programming for Windows 3, as poor ad rickety as it was, but then they started turning the thumbscrews ever harder.

          I have no idea

    • by SeaFox ( 739806 )

      You couldn't buy word on the windows store?

      Yeah, this doesn't make any sense. I know you could buy Office in stores -- but all your got was a product key card that you were them required to add to a Microsoft Account online to download the installers.

      • With the (very) recent release of Windows 10 S, and with it only being able to download and install apps from the Windows store. It makes complete sense.

    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      You couldn't buy word on the windows store? That can't be true, can it?

      Windows Store apps are limited - you have to do it as a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app, which means CLR and other restrictions.

      Office is still fundamentally a Win32 application and far from universal.

  • by Type44Q ( 1233630 ) on Tuesday May 02, 2017 @07:06PM (#54344977)
    Sounds like a threat.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    It should read: Microsoft is bringing office software cloud rental to the Windows Store. Or "All your docs and com are belong to us first!". With the death of and expense of the mistakes they have made in the cell industry it seems that they are now hell bent on removing vendors the way they tried with the tablet and cell manufactures and vendors. When will they learn that you have to pull the pistol out of the holder before you pull the trigger?

    I see a butt tonne of layoffs on the horizon and Redmond is g

  • Inception: Buying Windows from the Windows store.
    • Wait, so you still have to actually buy windows? So everyone bitching about windows 10 actually paid money for it?

      FYI you can download the latest macOS for free from the mac app store.

      • That's actually the strange kicker, too. Basically every non-Microsoft consumer OS made except doesn't come with any ads, and yet they're all free. Yet Microsoft includes ads and adware built in to the OS and still charges you money for it. I think Microsoft stole the cable/satellite TV industry's playbook.

        • by Merk42 ( 1906718 )
          Because Apple makes money on the hardware so they can give away the software for free.

          With Linux you get what you paid for.
          • Android has neither ads nor adware, nor does it even come with apps that show any kind of ads (unless you count ads found on websites while using Chrome.) Some OEMs add adware/trialware/crapware, but Google doesn't, especially in their first party devices which (at least until Pixel) were sold at below cost.

            Even if Android did have ads, it would be somewhat excusable because you literally pay nothing for it; the cost isn't even baked into your device. Yet Microsoft not only makes you pay for Windows, but th

      • Remember, with Apple you had to buy the hardware from them. The markup already paid for multiple OS upgrades during the hardware's lifetime. With Microsoft, you paid for your OS license when you bought someone else's hardware. They added the OS as a bulk buy and paid a big discount over the retail price. Microsoft has to make their money somewhere.
      • FYI you can download the latest macOS for free from the mac app store.

        Only as an upgrade. If you have a preinstalled version of Sierra, for example, you can't tie a "purchase" of Sierra to your account. You can do Internet recovery to Sierra, but you can't download the installer to do a bare install yourself.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Windows store is a dismal void, containing only a few crappy 'new' style windows apps. Microsoft has completely misunderstood the concept of a package manager, and its utility in managing dependencies. On top of that, wants to take a cut of third party app sales. It is simply never going to happen.

  • And I'm still sitting here with my copy of office xp on a disc. Works on every version so far but I guess I'll have to make sure I don't get this S shit? Is that a pay for thing or are they going to force it on me like crabs?
  • ...since in the (distant?) future you won't be able to install programs from outside the Windows Store at all
  • So, Microsoft wants to prove that the Windows Store concept works, by eating their own dogfood by using it as a distribution channel for regular Win32/Win64 software.

    Let's have a look for all the Microsoft Products that I use, to see if I can aquire them through Windows Store:

    Microsoft Code for Visual Studio : No
    Microsoft Office : No (not yet)
    Microsoft Visio : No
    Microsoft Visual Studio Community Edition : No

    Okay, so let's look at my favourite / most used third-party bits of software:

    Google Chrome : No, but

  • You already needed a Microsoft Account to install Office, so who really cares? For that matter, if you don't want MS to own you, why are you running Office? Or Windows?

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