Microsoft has been busy lately, especially since Windows 10 users can now install the touch-based versions of the company’s Office apps. Nonetheless, this has not stopped Microsoft from working on other things, including supposedly the Project Centennial version of the Office 2016 suite.
Project Centennial will serve as one of the three bridges for Microsoft that will allow developers to convert apps for Windows 10. This will also let them publish equivalent apps to the Windows Store. More importantly, Project Centennial will reportedly be able to convert the standard Win32-based Window apps to compatible equivalents under the store, according to Windows Central. The report also said that Microsoft is working on the Project Centennial tools with selected developers.
The good news is, that Microsoft may have been able to start testing the tools and successfully convert apps as a new listing and was discovered at the store. The listing was referred to as “Centennial Office Test1.” The link works and can be installed on a Windows PC to some extent. While apps can be launched, they are not fully functional yet.
According to Tech Radar, it may not be worth the download yet for users since they cannot really use the apps. Furthermore, those who tried installing the apps are now having trouble uninstalling. It might be good to wait for Microsoft’s official announcement on the matter. It is best for users to leave the apps alone for the meantime, but the new listing gives an insight on how exciting the full implementation of the Office 2016 suite might be. It should be just a matter of time before things go live. Soon people will be able to download full desktop apps for Office from the store. More importantly, it appears that Microsoft is trying to keep things as simple as possible. Stay tuned for updates.