The core Microsoft Office apps are finally available in the Microsoft Store without any “preview” tag attached to them. That means any and all Office 365 subscribers can download them as part of their subscription. This includes Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Access 2016, Outlook 2016, and Publisher 2016.
If you already have older versions of Office on your PC, you’ll need to delete them to see the new “Centennial” versions.
While this isn’t a huge deal in and of itself, it’s a strong signal that Microsoft plans to sell Office apps exclusively through the Microsoft Store in the future.
These Desktop bridge versions of the Office apps are not the same as the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) versions of the Office apps that were in the Store. Microsoft officials said last year that they intended to reposition the UWP Office apps as Office Mobile apps recommended for phones and tablets with screen sizes less than 10.1 inches.