Microsoft Office is finally available in the Mac App Store. Users can now download Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and OneDrive apps from the Mac App Store for free. However, an Office 365 subscription is needed to actually use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The subscription can be bought as an in-app purchase from the Mac App Store.
Microsoft Office in Mac App Store
Microsoft already offered Office suite of apps in iOS App Store, for both iPhone and iPad, along with in-app purchases. Microsoft had recently added support for macOS Mojave specific features to their Office apps. These features included support for dark mode and continuity camera.
The apps can be downloaded individually or as a complete Office 365 package.
Apple has released the following statement to welcome Office 365 to Mac App Store:
“We are excited to welcome Microsoft Office 365 to the all new Mac App Store in macOS Mojave,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Apple and Microsoft have worked together to bring great Office productivity to Mac users from the very beginning. Now, with Office 365 on the Mac App Store, it’s easier than ever to get the latest and best version of Office 365 for Mac, iPad and iPhone.”
Users who do not have an Office 365 subscription can subscribe to a 1-month free trial via in-app purchases. Subscriptions include the following pricing options:
Office 365 Personal
$69.99/year or $6.99/month
Office 365 Home
$99.99/year or $9.99/month
Both subscriptions tiers offer users 1TB of OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype minutes per month. Office 365 Home can be shared with 6 family members and installed on multiple Macs and PCs as well as on iOS and Android devices.
Even if you already have Office 365 apps installed on your Mac from the Microsoft’s website, it is recommended that you download the Mac App Store versions because updates will be delivered using App Store, instead of Microsoft’s own annoying update mechanism. To move your existing Office apps to App Store updates, simply install the free Office 365 apps from the Mac App Store and they will overwrite your existing installation.