The suite of Microsoft Office applications is now available for download directly in Apple’s Mac App Store for the first time. Previously, Mac users had to download the applications from Microsoft’s website.Ars Technica
Office for Mac now shares a codebase with Windows, gets real-time collaborationThe apps included are: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive. You can download them individually, or as part of a bundle.
Office 365 is subscription based. That means the software package is free to download, but you’ll have to pay a subscription fee to get any use out of it. Users have the option of subscribing through their Apple accounts, which plays into Apple’s efforts to convince app developers to use subscription models on its platforms to bolster reliable revenue.
Apple has for a while offered bundles of apps to purchase in the iOS app store, but this is the first time we’ve noticed a bundled subscription package in the Mac App Store.
The Mac App Store was redesigned with Mojave to more closely resemble the iOS App Store. That primarily meant an increased focused on manual curation and editorial copy, but it also meant that the store was organized into different categories than before. As one might expect, Office 365 lives primarily in the “Work” tab of the App Store. In fact, as you can see below, it dominates that page for the moment.