Microsoft has recently taken a decision that raises questions about the future of its own Microsoft store.
Office productivity can no longer be installed from Microsoft Store, and although integrated applications, such as Word and Excel, are still in the Store, the download is done through the click-to-run installer.
In other words, when loading the Microsoft Office product page in Microsoft Store, all the information is still there, but when you click on the install button, users are redirected to the web where they need to download and run the clbadic installer.
Goodbye, Microsoft Store?
The reason is not known at this time, but from the aspect of things, it is something that Microsoft did on purpose. And what's worse is that it does not seem to change what the company plans to reverse at some point in the future.
"People will still be able to find Office in the store. If the Office image is not pre-installed yet, it will be sent to https://account.microsoft.com/ for installation, "says the company.
Users running Windows 10 in Mode S, which is restricted to applications in the Microsoft Store, can also install productivity with the click installer to run, with the process happening as in normal Windows.
Microsoft's decision to withdraw its own productivity package from the Microsoft store makes many believe that this is the first big company in which they really eliminate the store altogether. It's no secret that Microsoft Store is really a successful endeavor, and the momentum of UWP applications in Windows 10 has more or less failed so far.
With Microsoft trying to focus on products that make sense and bring the bacon home, removing the Microsoft Store is something that sounds good in the long term, so if this is the plan, expect more changes on this front in the coming months.