FAQ: Office on Windows 10 in S mode

What is Office in the Microsoft Store?

It's the Office you know and trust, delivered in a new way from the Microsoft Store.

Why will Office be made available in the Microsoft Store?

Making Office available in the Microsoft Store allows people with Surface Laptop running Windows 10 Pro in S mode to get the Office applications that they know and trust. The install and update process for Office in the Microsoft Store is also available on other Windows 10 devices.

Which apps are part of Office in the Microsoft Store?

The following apps will be part of Office in the Microsoft Store:

  • Word

  • Excel

  • PowerPoint

  • OneNote for Windows 10

  • Outlook (not available for Office 365 Education plans)

  • Access (not available for Office 365 Education plans)

  • Publisher (not available for Office 365 Education plans)

Which editions of Office will run on Windows 10 in S mode?

Several Office editions provide access to Office in the Microsoft Store, allowing you to run Office on Windows 10 in S mode. These plans include:

  • Office 365 Personal

  • Office 365 Home

  • Office 365 A1 Plus

  • Office 365 A5

Is Office in the Microsoft Store any different than an existing Office desktop suite?

Office in the Microsoft Store does have a few differences:

  • Issues and limitations experienced in Office via other install methods apply to Office in the Microsoft Store as well. For example, the Outlook 2016 limitation regarding Exchange 2007 still exists.

  • You will only be able to install the 32-bit version of Office.

  • Includes OneNote for Windows 10 instead of OneNote 2016.

  • Some Office add-ins may not work if Office is installed via the Microsoft Store. We're working to make Office in the Microsoft Store compatible with more add-ins.

  • Office in the Microsoft Store will only allow one user per device so multiple users may not be able to use Office on the same device.

  • Office apps no longer have the Update Now button under File > Account. Updates for Office in the Microsoft Store are automatic and pushed through store updates. If you want to manually update Office, you can open the Store app, click your profile picture and select Download and updates > Get Updates.

  • Most Microsoft Office 2016 Tools are not available with Office in the Microsoft Store while some can be accessed directly in the Office app:

    • Database Compare 2016 is not available.

    • Spreadsheet Compare 2016 is not available.

    • Telemetry Dashboard for Office 2016 is not available.

    • Telemetry Log for Office 2016 is not available.

    • Office 2016 Upload Center is not needed.

    • Office 2016 Language Preferences is available within Office apps. Go to File > Options > Language while in one of the apps.

    • Skype for Business Recording Manager is available in Skype. Go to Options > Tools > Recording Manager in Skype.

What about the Office mobile apps in the Microsoft Store?

The Office Mobile apps (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) are recommended for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets with screen sizes 10.1" or less, but they can be used on Windows 10 in S mode devices.

Note: Office Mobile apps require an Office 365 subscription for editing on devices with screen sizes greater than 10.1".

Office in the Microsoft Store for home, education, and business plans

Select the tab for your Office product.

Does Office come with Windows 10 in S mode consumer devices?

1 year of Office 365 Personal is included on Surface Laptop running Windows 10 Pro in S mode. The Office 365 Personal subscription includes:

  • Fully installed applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and Access.

  • Use across multiple devices like PCs and Macs, tablets and smartphones.

  • 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage.

  • 60 Skype minutes of calling per month to mobile phones and landlines.

You can buy Office for your Windows 10 in S mode device from the Microsoft Store, Office.com, or your favorite software reseller.

What will happen to the 1 year of Office 365 Personal included with my Surface Laptop if I upgrade to Windows 10 Pro?

It won't go away; you can still activate your 1 year of Office 365 Personal.

How long do I have to activate the 1 year of Office 365 Personal included with my Windows 10 S Surface Laptop?

180 days from when you first activate Windows.

Is Office in the Microsoft Store available to consumers in all markets?

Office is available in all markets supported by the Microsoft Store.

How do I activate the Office 365 Personal subscription included with my Windows 10 in S mode device?

To install and activate Office, see Install Office in the Microsoft Store on a PC running Windows 10 in S mode.

What does my school need to run Office on Windows 10 in S mode?

To run Office on a Windows 10 in S mode device, your school needs both an Office 365 tenant and a Microsoft Store for Education tenant. Once you have purchased an Office 365 education plan, your IT Admin may then install this suite using one of the following methods:

  1. Install via the Set Up School PCs app (Recommended)

    This app is available in the Microsoft Store for Education and allows the IT Admin to create a deployment package for the Office bundle and other apps. The deployment package may be downloaded and copied onto a USB key for repeated deployment across devices, minimizing network bandwidth usage. This approach is recommended for bulk deployment scenarios. IT administrators can download the app from the Microsoft Store at Set Up Schools PCs.

    For more information setting up and using this app, see Use the Set up School PCs app.

  2. Install via Intune

    IT Admins may also choose to push the Office bundle to each device via Intune for Education. This means that Office must be downloaded and installed via the network each time, using up more network bandwidth. This approach is recommended for one-off deployment scenarios.

    For more information about using Intune for Education, see How do I add apps to Intune for Education?

After your IT Admin has installed Office on your Windows 10 in S mode device, anyone at your school who wants to use Office on that device can do so if they have been assigned an Office 365 "seat" that includes Office client rights. Office client rights are included in any of the following Office 365 subscriptions:

Active Plans

Legacy Plans

  • Office 365 Education Plus for Faculty*

  • Office 365 Education Plus for Students*

  • Office 365 ProPlus for Faculty

  • Office 365 ProPlus for Students

  • Office 365 Education E5 for Faculty

  • Office 365 Education E5 for Students

  • Office 365 Education E3 for Faculty

  • Office 365 Education E3 for Students

  • Office 365 Education E4 for Faculty

  • Office 365 Education E4 for Students

  • Office 365 Education E5 w/o PSTN Conferencing for Faculty

  • Office 365 Education E5 w/o PSTN Conferencing for Students

*Available as part of the Teacher Use Benefit and Student Use Benefit programs.

In many cases, all students at a school will have access to Office client rights via the Student Use Benefit Program. After Office is installed, students and faculty assigned an Office 365 seat with client rights can simply sign in with their Org ID and use those Office applications on Windows 10 in S mode.

I'm a business customer and would like to run Office on a Windows 10 in S mode device. What are my options?

Businesses are advised to first upgrade their Windows 10 in S mode devices to Windows 10 Pro, then install a business edition of Office. Office in the Microsoft Store does not currently support Office 365 business plans or volume licenses.

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