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By Michael Fiorito, VP of Business Development at MDS

As of this week, Windows 10 users can now jump into their work quickly via a new app.  The app is called…wait for it, the Office app.

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The Office app enables users to access what they need easily and rapidly – whether it’s a document, a person in your organization, or an app. Microsoft released the app as a preview to Windows Insiders in December 2018. Based on the feedback Microsoft received, most people found it to be a helpful way to get started with Office. The app is available for free to anyone using a current version of Windows 10, whether at work, at school, or at home.

You can use the Office app with almost any version of Office. The experience will look familiar to anyone who has used Office.com. However, the experience has been made even better by delivering it in app form. Now users can get access to the Office desktop apps if installed on their device, in addition to the web apps on Office Online, access files stored on their local device like OneDrive and SharePoint, and use it while working offline.

Here are a few of the most compelling things you can do with the Office app

1. Quickly access the most common Office apps and services you need to get things done.

Now you can access all the Office apps available to you whether you have them installed on your device or not. Think about that!  If an app is installed on your machine the Office app knows to take you there; otherwise it knows to take you to the web version on Office Online.

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2. Find a full list of all the Office apps and services available to you along with helpful tutorials and links to learn more about them.

You can easily see every Office app available to you by clicking on “Explore All Your Apps” under the menu of commonly used apps on the home screen. There you will find a few helpful tips and tricks at the top of the screen or click on “Learn More” next to any of the apps to understand what they do and how to use them.

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3. Easily get to the documents you need from any application, all in one place.

The Office app keeps track of the most relevant documents so you can jump back into your work quickly. You can get to the most recently used documents, pinned documents, or ones that have been shared with you. It will even help you find content relevant to you created by colleagues within your organization.

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Microsoft has also built the Office app with organizations in mind. There are several capabilities that IT Administrators may choose to enable for their organizations:

  • Customize the user experience with branding from the organization
  • Enable users to access third party apps using AAD through the Office app
  • Activate Microsoft Search so users can use one search experience to find documents and people across the organization in addition to their own apps and documents

To see the Office app in action and learn more about the features, check out the latest Microsoft Mechanics video about progressive web apps which highlights the Office app at the 5:30 mark.

The Office app is free to use and simple to access. It will become available to users on a rolling basis over the next few weeks and will be installed automatically as an update to the MyOffice app, which comes pre-installed as part of Windows. Just search for “Office” in the search bar of the Windows start menu to open it. The app can also be downloaded from the Microsoft Store if needed. Once you open the app, just sign in with your work, school, or free personal Microsoft Account to get started. The app works with any Office 365 subscription, Office 2019, Office 2016, and Office Online – the free web-based version of Office for consumers.

Go try out and explore the Office app to see how you can use and be more productive.

Hopefully, you will find the Office app helpful!

Need help with the Windows 10 Office app? Contact our team of experts today.

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