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

Office UWP Windows 10
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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

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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