The Microsoft Store is getting yet another interesting addition this week, following the release of the file compression tool, WinZip. WPS Office, which was formerly known as Kingsoft Office, has made its debut on Microsoft's platform.
For those unfamiliar, WPS Office is a free-to-use Office suit from China-based Kingsoft which is available for Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS, and it offers alternatives to Microsoft's Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. WPS stands for Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheets, the three tools included in the suite.
WPS Office includes support for Microsoft Office file formats as well as OpenOffice ones, and it can also convert PDF files into editable ones. It includes all the formatting tools you'd expect, including online templates and the ability to track changes and leave comments on documents. It can also backup your files automatically, and more. It also has a tabbed interface, so you can keep all your documents in the same window.
Some features are limited to users who buy a Premium subscription, though. Those include access to more online templates and 1GB of cloud storage for your documents, which might be useful because the Windows version doesn't seem to be able to access other cloud storage services. The Premium subscription costs $29.99 per year and can be used on three PCs and six phones, and it also removes all the ads.
With the latest addition, the Microsoft Store now offers a decent variety of Office suites, following the arrival - albeit unofficially - of LibreOffice about a month ago. It's nice to see the library of apps on the platform increase, though the pace at which these appear could use a boost in order to attract more users.
If you're interested, you can download WPS Office from the Microsoft Store here. The Android version can be found on the Play Store, while the iOS version can be downloaded from the App Store. The Linux version can be found here.