Office 2013 now in the Windows 8 Store as a desktop app

If you have a copy of Windows 8 and have been wondering if Microsoft would release the new version of Office 2013 as a desktop app in the Windows Store section, wonder no more: Microsoft Office 2013 has appeared in the Store just a few hours ago.

Of course, since Office 2013 is a desktop app, the section in the Windows Store is actually something of a placeholder. You still have to click on an URL which will open up IE10 that will then take you to the Office website where you can complete your purchase.

Still, for those of you who are using the Modern UI in Windows 8 almost exclusively (and yes, we know there are some of you out there), this should be a quick and easy way to download and install the new version of Office. Microsoft has said that Office 2013 has been made with Windows 8 in mind with a number of touchscreen-based features. Office 2013 also has its own app store with over 200 third party add-ons for the software suite.

People who own a Windows RT device, including the current version of Microsoft's Surface tablet, have had access to a free full version of Office Home and Student RT 2013 since its launch in late October.

Source: Office Store | Image via Micrososft

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what metro part of win8 usefull for? none , useless.
they make big of deal about win8 modern ui, and then boom even their office not supporting it, pathetic.

It's precisely BECAUSE of those folks that are oh-so-hyper-dependent on the traditional UI that Modern UI app development of actually useful applications has gone nowhere. Even Amazon's Kindle Modern UI app has mostly failed to launch (most users have stuck with the Win32 MDI application - which still works just fine in Windows 8 - because they run it *windowed*, which the ModernUI version is unable to do). By the way, what size is YOUR display? I admit - my 23-inch flat-panel display is not a fan of full-screen ANYTHING other than games - and even quite a few of them run best in a window, as opposed to full-screen.

sinis said,
what metro part of win8 usefull for? none , useless.
they make big of deal about win8 modern ui, and then boom even their office not supporting it, pathetic.

Whats pathetic is coming to such conclusions.

If Microsoft had come out with office metro version at launch, they would have been investigated for being anti competitive by developing office while knowing the API for awhile before 3rd party developers got access to the same api. Kind of like the novell wordperfect antitrust trial againt Microsoft.

And even if they could develop it, do you realize how long that would take? Its one of the biggest and most complex pieces of software out there. This isn't your typical website frontend app.

vcfan said,

Whats pathetic is coming to such conclusions.

If Microsoft had come out with office metro version at launch, they would have been investigated for being anti competitive by developing office while knowing the API for awhile before 3rd party developers got access to the same api. Kind of like the novell wordperfect antitrust trial againt Microsoft.

And even if they could develop it, do you realize how long that would take? Its one of the biggest and most complex pieces of software out there. This isn't your typical website frontend app.

I think the challenge would be more how to fit all the Office functionalities in a Metroed environment.

And honestly, in the one Office app they've made a Metro app, they've done terrible. The Metro version of OneNote rips out all of its unique features and is very bare-bones.

Even on a touchscreen, I only ever use the desktop version, because it's just a million times better.

I actually wish there was an option to turn them off / filter them out. I already KNOW what desktop software I want, I don't need a Store entry getting in my way.

Sure, it's nice that they are listing desktop apps, but we also need to be able to hide those.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I'm guessing you mean "months", rather than "mouths"... right?

I'm not sure he nose how disturbing that sounds.

The design of Office 2013 is actually pretty good. It's nice, clean, and consistent. I bought the $80 4-year student version even though I rarely use Office because it was so cheap.

~Johnny said,
Everything looks okay apart from Outlook. Outlook is a mess.

It was mighty difficult to figure out unread messages for me and I always thought I had a good eyesight! I switched to dark gray and things are a bit better.

Same here. I find Office 2013 a better fit for Windows 8 (keyboard and mouse user - not a touch user) than Office 2010; therefore so much for the touch-only rubric.

DKAngel said,
i think office 2013 looks fine on windows and its not that fugly at all, i find it more usable than office 2010

I did not like the all white theme, the only one available in the preview build, but the additional two grayish theme they added are, IMO, horrendous. I do not understand why they did not added a blue one, same color of the icon, and a black one as in the previous version.

Fritzly said,

I did not like the all white theme, the only one available in the preview build, but the additional two grayish theme they added are, IMO, horrendous. I do not understand why they did not added a blue one, same color of the icon, and a black one as in the previous version.

Black one as in Visual Studio 2012. That's what I'm waiting for.

Torolol said,
desktop apps for mostly non-desktop ui, right

anyway the tabbed-toolbar (ribbon) looks fugly.

Desktop applications for Desktop app with Desktop UI.

Ok.

"If you have a copy of Windows 8 and have been wondering if Microsoft would release the new version of Office 2013 as a desktop app in the Windows Store section, wonder no more"

Who was wondering about that?

The problem for me is the few touch features in Office 2013 seem mostly like an afterthought. They claim to have been developing Metro since 2009 so the Office team has had plenty of time to whip up a Metro version.

The back and forth between Metro and Desktop confuses end users and isn't as elegant as the more popular tablets. Pretty sad that the first true touch-oriented edition of Office will likely be on the iPad first.

Darrah Ford said,
The problem for me is the few touch features in Office 2013 seem mostly like an afterthought. They claim to have been developing Metro since 2009 so the Office team has had plenty of time to whip up a Metro version.

The back and forth between Metro and Desktop confuses end users and isn't as elegant as the more popular tablets. Pretty sad that the first true touch-oriented edition of Office will likely be on the iPad first.

I think you're forgetting that touch versions of office have been on windows phone for years now. I also highly doubt that whatever makes it to the iPad will be close to the same full featured version of the desktop apps. That said I bet well see metro versions come individually over time. We already have OneNote and there is that rumor of outlook in the works.

Darrah Ford said,
The problem for me is the few touch features in Office 2013 seem mostly like an afterthought. They claim to have been developing Metro since 2009 so the Office team has had plenty of time to whip up a Metro version.

The back and forth between Metro and Desktop confuses end users and isn't as elegant as the more popular tablets. Pretty sad that the first true touch-oriented edition of Office will likely be on the iPad first.

why the hell would you want touch options in office, office is for work, not to screw around by waving your finger around.

GP007 said,

I think you're forgetting that touch versions of office have been on windows phone for years now. I also highly doubt that whatever makes it to the iPad will be close to the same full featured version of the desktop apps. That said I bet well see metro versions come individually over time. We already have OneNote and there is that rumor of outlook in the works.


Yes we have One Note and it has the radial menu which I like a lot but.... as, at least at the moment, all Metro apps it does not have all the options that the desktop version have.
we might see in the future a Metro Office but I do not think it is around the corner.
Besides we also do not know how Metro will evolve. Nevertheless it will be an interesting journey.

Honestly, the touch experience in OneNote on the desktop is just as good as the WinRT version... and the desktop version actually manages to have great touch functionality without ripping out features wholesale.

jhoff80 said,
Honestly, the touch experience in OneNote on the desktop is just as good as the WinRT version... and the desktop version actually manages to have great touch functionality without ripping out features wholesale.

I think that the features gap has more to do with the fact that the metro version is free while the desktop version is not. I doubt it's really a api issue etc. That said I think well see free yet limited versions of the other office apps for metro in time while either office 2014 or 2015 will get a fuller metro option for a price.