Office UWP apps on Windows 10 will continue to have support going forward

Office UWP Windows 10
Office UWP Windows 10 (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Office UWP on Windows 10 will continue to be supported.
  • Microsoft recently announced that Office UWP for Windows 10 Mobile would no longer be supported after January 12, 2021.
  • Microsoft recommends that people use the desktop versions of Office apps or Office for the web.

Microsoft recently announced that the Office UWP apps will lose support after January 12, 2021. This announcement made some question whether the Office UWP apps on Windows 10 would receive the same fate. Now, a statement that a Microsoft spokesperson made to Neowin clarifies Microsoft will continue to support the Office UWP apps for Windows 10.

This announcement applies to their availability on Windows 10 Mobile. Per the Tech Community post, if you already have the apps installed before the end of support date, the apps will continue to work. However, because of the lack of security updates, we strongly recommend that if you wish to use Office on a phone you transition to the latest Microsoft Office apps on an iOS or Android phone.We will continue to support them for use on Windows tablets under 10.1. However, the best experience for people who want to use Office on a PC is through the desktop apps with an Office 365 subscription, or the web apps which are available for free to consumers at office.com.

Not only does this statement clarify that Office UWP on Windows 10 will remain supported, but it also adds that the mobile Office UWP apps will continue to work if you already have them installed, though they won't receive security updates after the end of support date. While the Office UWP apps will continue to work, Microsoft suggests using other versions of Office. Microsoft points people towards the iOS and Android Office apps for mobile devices and the desktop Office apps or the web versions of Office for PC users.

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11 Comments
  • please someone tell Thurrot
  • The ones that are delisted?
  • Not one uses these apps and they will be abandoned in 2021... About time they removed live tiles from Windows 10 and the retreat will be complete... MS has abandoned innovation and is just chasing profit... I only use MS products at work now becuase I have no choice there...
  • Er what? Isn't OneNote UWP only these days? I pretty much only use the UWP versions or Web on my Win10 devices these days. You dislike MS fine, but don't talk untruths mush
  • You would think so since that's what they said a while back. Strangely, last week (or maybe the week before?) Microsoft announced they would continue to support the Win32 desktop version of OneNote. They also announced plans to add features from the UWP version that hadn't been added to the desktop version (since at the time those features were released they did not intend to update the app). Yes, the messaging is a mess but what's new?
  • "MS has abandoned innovation and is just chasing profit" Yes, that's what successful companies do. It is how MS became a trillion dollar company. When "innovation" loses billions of dollars then you dump "innovation". Because no one was buying "innovation". Chasing profit is how you stay in business. It's amusing that you think you know how to run a trillion dollar company better than the guy who turned MS into a trillion dollar company. Feel free to start a business and DON'T chase profit. See how long you last with "innovative" products that don't sell. "I only use MS products at work now because I have no choice there" Yes, that's how most people feel. We go home to our iPhones/iPads/Android phones/Android tablets. People don't like Windows because they equate it with work. Not with fun and ease-of-use.
  • Microsoft is doing a silent retreat on UWP. They aren't telling anyone... When they want to kill a product, they just stop giving it attention. It's obvious Win32 is getting a redeaux. When there wasn't native UWP support in .NET Core it was all pretty obvious. When you have to employ purchased 3rd party add ons (Xamarin) to bridge 2 native Microsoft technologies.... well you tell me where that makes sense? Touch first mantra is gone. Cloud first is all and well, as that's just code for Azure subscription revenue.
  • "well you tell me where that makes sense?" In the current reality of developers focusing on mobile apps, it makes perfect sense. Too many developers have been burned too many times by Microsoft in the last 5 years. That, along with the fact that Microsoft has no mobile platform, means that no one cares about developing for Microsoft these days. Windows is now legacy, and many (most?) of the apps are in maintenance mode. So whatever cluster F is involved "to bridge 2 native Microsoft technologies", no one cares.
  • From the title, I thought the article was written by Daniel. Edit: Apparently they changed the title. It was "Windows 10 Mobile may be dead but the Office UWP apps for Windows 10 aren't" before.
  • What I read between the lines is that Microsoft will likely stop support for uwp office apps for windows 10, seeing that conformation is supported by contextual text, which still gives an uncertain outlook. They mention specifically support for sub 10.1 inch tablet screen but then go on to strongly recommend (aka push) users towards returning to the legacy apps under the office 365 umbrella. I wouldn't be suprised to see a shift to office for desktop and see uwp go into maintenance mode or be deprecated. It has certainly been a confusing time since the inception of windows 10. I also wouldn't be surprised to see costs for office 365 go up in the next 18 months. It will interesting to read where the trend of subscriptions as a business model is going to go, and what truly makes financial and cost-benefit sense. Full purchase periodically or subscription based...with Microsoft tax.
  • How do Microsoft expect developers to use the UWP platform when they actually discourage their users to use their own UWP apps?