In a move that was expected, Microsoft will bring the full suite of Office apps to the Windows Store. According to MSPU, the company will use the Desktop App Converter in Windows 10 to bridge the apps. Microsoft will make the apps available in the Store after the launch of the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Microsoft introduced the Desktop App Converter last year. It was the full release of the company's Project Centennial. The converter allows developers to port their Win32 applications to Windows 10. The key point is that dev's can move their apps to the Windows Store without a need to have deep coding knowledge.
For Office apps, Microsoft has used the Desktop App Converter to bring the suite to the Windows Store. That means users will eventually be able to download apps such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
The decision is a part of Microsoft's general plan to move away from Office Mobile apps on Windows 10. For Android and iOS, basing the Office suite on mobile makes sense, but on Windows 10 is unnecessary.
Users should start seeing Office apps in the Windows Store after the launch of Creators Update. That means the apps will be available around April.
Office 365 Roadmap
Microsoft has announced a new Office 365 Roadmap today. The roadmap shows which features the company is working on for Office 365. Users can see what to expect in the suite and what is currently available.
“The Office 365 Roadmap lists updates that are currently planned for applicable subscribers. Updates are at various stages from being in development to rolling-out to customers to being generally available for applicable customers world-wide.”