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Microsoft Office is finally available on Apple's Mac App Store

It's the first bundled software to appear on the store.
Devindra Hardawar, @devindra
January 24, 2019
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Just as Apple promised back at WWDC last year, Microsoft's Office 365 suite is finally available on the Mac App Store today. It's pretty much what you'd expect: the entire collection of apps, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote and OneDrive, all purchasable within a few clicks on the store. You can also subscribe to Office 365 from within the apps, as you'd expect. Notably, it's the first time Apple has offered a bundle of software on the Mac App Store -- a surprisingly late addition for the company that helped popularize the concept of centralized software downloads.

Up until now, the only way to get Office 365 on Macs was through a direct download from Microsoft (OneNote was available on the store separately). The software giant still managed to make the Mac iterations of Office unique with features like Dark Mode and Continuity Camera, which lets you quickly import images from iOS devices. But now that the suite is available on Apple's store, it feels more like something that truly belongs on the Mac.

You can try out Office 365 free for a month, or pay $70 a year afterwards for the personal edition. For $100 a year, you can nab the upgraded "Home" version, which covers six users. That might seem like a hefty recurring fee, but the addition of 1 TB of Onedrive storage and 60 minutes of monthly Skype calls per user makes it much more palatable.

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