Promised at WWDC in June of June, Microsoft Office 365 has arrived at the Mac App Store today. Office 365, which includes the company's flagship Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook productivity apps, is free to download, but requires a subscription available through an In-App Purchase to create and edit documents and send and receive email messages. Before today, the Mac versions of apps were only available as a direct download from Microsoft.

At WWDC 2018, Apple announced a redesign of the Mac App Store. During the presentation, the company said the following apps should come to the Mac App Store:

  • Microsoft's Office 365
  • Adobe's Lightroom CC
  • Panic's Transmit
  • Bare Bones "BBEdit
  • ] Snap's Live Studio [1
    9659004] Houseparty

The addition of the ads announced was slow. Houseparty debuted on the Mac App Store several months ago, but Transmit did not arrive until last November. With today's connectivity to Office 365, Lightroom, BBEdit and Live Studio leave.

Office is an important addition to the Mac App Store. The applications in the package are used by millions of people around the world and it's easy to download and update apps from the Mac App Store with other apps, and it should be a welcome addition for many users. Hopefully, the remaining apps promised are not far behind and will help revive the store, which has not experienced the same level of success as its iOS siblings.

Office 365 is available in the Mac App Store as a bundle. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook can also be downloaded individually.