"Office App Store" due for Office 15

App Stores seem to be all the rage at the minute and it looks like Microsoft plans to bring a store to its next version of Office. Windows 8 Beta has discovered that on the Microsoft careers site there is a position open for a marketing job with the Office 15 team which mentions an “Office App Store”.

The job description described how Office faces competition from OpenOffice.org and Google and says how to combat that Office is moving to the cloud. It goes on to say how the Office team are planning Office 15 and the candidate for the position described would need to work across Microsoft with many teams including Windows 8.

As we launch Office 2010, we are beginning the process of planning for Office 15 and are looking for a Product Manager to drive Office 15 strategy for partners.

This position is responsible for the strategy and planning including identifying key scenarios that will allow partners to make money on the Office platform – across LAR’s, VAR’s, SI, ISV’s and Outsourcers. A key output includes an end-to-end business plan that informs Office Engineering and drives our business forward. Work includes defining the product value proposition, key scenarios and requires the use and understanding of tools like MOA (Market Opportunity Analysis) and a perspective of the competition to prioritize future investments. You will drive the innovation agenda that excites our partners in areas like “Office App Store”. This position will also be responsible for working across Microsoft with teams like Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Azure to ensure alignment with our business planning.

Very little is known about what Microsoft plans to add to its Office suite in the next version although it’s thought that there will be a great focus on the cloud and the software should allow many options to save, share and collaborate on documents in the cloud.

There has been leaked information about Windows 8 in which a Windows App Store was mentioned and concept images shown. It looks as if Microsoft believes in keeping their older, more mature products relevant by providing a single place to buy apps for the products in a similar way to how some of the company’s (and its competitors’) more modern products offer.

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"...great focus on the cloud..."
Yes, but what about those who are not conntected to the inetnet all the time?

Seriously, cloud only works for people with good connections. Until most of the world has a 24Mb connection then there's no point in developing things that the majority of people who have the product (like a computer) can't use.

Mr Spoon said,
"...great focus on the cloud..."
Yes, but what about those who are not conntected to the inetnet all the time?

Seriously, cloud only works for people with good connections. Until most of the world has a 24Mb connection then there's no point in developing things that the majority of people who have the product (like a computer) can't use.

Yes, but remember, things like that happen when there is a need for it. If you only waited until the technology is there, it will never be there.

Microsoft pretty much already has an 'app store' for Office, it's called "Downloads" on the Office site. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/

Get all your clip-art, templates, add-ons, extensions, fonts, and whatever on that site. They even got a nice Chemistry add-on for Word

I'm guessing they're just going to put all that in a separate or conjointed software app with Office, like the Zune software with Marketplace on it.

I like the idea of app stores. One click purchase and install is great. It takes a lot of the marketing costs off the backs of the developers as well.

I just hope that it doesn't turn into the only path for software (like Apple's App Store).

Agreed as well. I like the idea of having a place where all the applications are aggregated, then I can find what I want, and likely find what I didn't know I wanted! Plus you could find which applications are good, and which are not, since there is a slew of applications which are essentially the same, but some can be crap, and others can be better, and we would be able to find those :-)

Shadrack said,
I like the idea of app stores. One click purchase and install is great. It takes a lot of the marketing costs off the backs of the developers as well.

I just hope that it doesn't turn into the only path for software (like Apple's App Store).


I'm starting to think it would be much better if it was the only place to purchase, download and install software from, when that software is for Microsoft products. It would be nice if there was one central location and application developers could easily link to their page in the store; not only that, but Microsoft would be able to vet every application and it'd be much easier to tell whether an application is trustworthy.

Calum said,

I'm starting to think it would be much better if it was the only place to purchase, download and install software from, when that software is for Microsoft products. It would be nice if there was one central location and application developers could easily link to their page in the store; not only that, but Microsoft would be able to vet every application and it'd be much easier to tell whether an application is trustworthy.

I agree. One store to rule them all. As long as the applications and operating systems provided by Microsoft default to the correct node, than one store steems like a smarter option.

Not only would this help to see if an app is trustworthy, it may also be the option Microsoft have been looking for to get third party support via windows update.

If the store knows there is an updated version, then windows update could be used to facilitate automagic upgrades.

Agreed. This would be a great way for unknown developers to get their software out there. Desktop applications have been slowly dying to the internet. This would definitely revive them a bit.

Mr aldo said,
One would hope the Office App Store would simply be a section of the Windows App Store.

Windows and Office are two completely seperate products. There is even an MS Office for Mac.

What would be more appropriate is having seperate stores for Windows, Windows Phone, Office and other products, allowing users to use the same account (a Windows Live ID) and integrating them where necessary; these could be integrated into a Microsoft Application Store, allowing for one central place, but also accessed seperately if the user wishes.

Calum said,

Windows and Office are two completely seperate products. There is even an MS Office for Mac.

What would be more appropriate is having seperate stores for Windows, Windows Phone, Office and other products, allowing users to use the same account (a Windows Live ID) and integrating them where necessary; these could be integrated into a Microsoft Application Store, allowing for one central place, but also accessed seperately if the user wishes.

True, however, why not then make the Office for Mac a separate store? And then have Office for Windows in the Windows App Store...

As for the WP7 thing, of course those should have different app stores, seeing as how different they are.