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(Pocket-lint) - Microsoft has made Office 365 apps available on the Mac App Store for the first time. Apple Mac users have always had to sign up and download the apps from Microsoft's own website in the past.

Users can now access Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and the entire suite of Microsoft’s popular apps directly from the App Store on their MacBook or iMac.

The entire Office 365 suite, rather than just individual apps, is also available to download in one click. And you can do so before signing up to Microsoft's yearly subscription service.

Some might wonder what benefit there is of downloading the software from the App Store rather than Microsoft directly. The main advantage is that the apps will auto-update from a single place within Mac OS, rather than the software needing to run Microsoft's Auto update system separately.

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Until now, Microsoft has previously resisted the urge to join Apple's Mac Store, most likely because Apple insists of taking a share of all subscriptions sold through its App Stores.

Netflix, for example, pulled the ability to subscribe through its iPhone and iPad apps in 2018. This was to save on having to pay royalties to Apple.

Clearly though, backroom talks between Microsoft and Apple have reached a more amicable solution.

Microsoft officially announced that Office 365 was coming to the App Store back in June 2018 at WWDC, and you can find it there now.

Writing by Stuart Miles.