Microsoft Office has been missing from the Mac App Store for years, but that is finally changing.
Update: Microsoft’s Office apps are now available from the Mac App Store. You will need that Office 365 subscription to take advantage of all the features. A link to download is available at the bottom of this article.
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Apple confirmed that Microsoft’s suite of office apps would launch in the Mac App Store at some point in the future last June during the Worldwide Developers Conference. Since then, though, there hasn’t been a peep on the arrival. However, it looks like the launch may be imminent. The iOS App Store in some countries is now referencing the launch of Microsoft Office in the Mac App Store, suggesting it could be right around the corner:
@stroughtonsmith @_inside Apple is doing some experimentations on the iPad App Store (Switzerland, French) with a list of Microsoft Office apps and states that "Microsoft Office is now available on the Mac App Store."
The day has finally come. 🎉🎊🎉https://t.co/E4qF4wCOz3
— Alexandre Piveteau (@agpiveteau) January 24, 2019
The tweet indicates that Microsoft is ready to launch its suite of Office apps directly into the Mac App Store very soon. However, there isn’t any mention of a launch date, so nothing to circle on the calendar just yet. It’s likely, though, that the software will be available in the digital store sooner rather than later now.
Technically speaking, Microsoft Office has been available on Macs for years, but users have had to download the software directly from Microsoft to get it. The impending launch of Office in the Mac App Store has been a long time coming, and a welcomed addition to Apple’s proprietary storefront. But the subscription won’t be changing just because it’s available in the Mac App Store, which means you will need to be subscribed to Office 365 to unlock all of the features for each individual productivity app within the suite.
When Microsoft Office launches in the App Store, we will update this post to let you know it’s available.
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