Microsoft launches new Office app for Windows 10

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While the previous "My Office" app had a definite whiff of 365 subscription about it, the new Progressive Web App (PWA) version makes the freebie incarnations of Word and its ilk easier to locate.

Late past year, Microsoft said that it would update Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (Service Pack 1) this month with support for SHA-2.

Microsoft has committed to rolling out major updates to Windows 10 twice a year.

According to a recent Net MarketShare report, Windows 10 runs on about 39.22% of devices whereas Windows 7 is on 36.90% as of December 2018. The new Office app replaces the original My Office app, offering an improved experience, and bringing all of your Office files together into a central hub. They can access app, document or even a person's details within the organization. See all your Office apps in one place and switch between them with a single click.

Windows 10 users will not face a similar requirement, as the newer OS only accepts updates signed with SHA-2, and so doesn't require a refresh. The only difference is that the online version is now ported to an app.

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The app is created to bring the Office.com experience onto your PC and it's PWA, so it also works offline like a native app.

Now you can access the entire range of office apps whether or not it has been installed on your device.

With the new app, you can find your way around with tutorials, tips, tricks and more - but no Clippy.

Those interested in downloading the app can do so on the Microsoft Store. In case the app is not installed on your machine then the app will automatically redirect to the online version of the app on the Office Online.

The new app has also received the snazzy new Office icons.

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