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Apple and Microsoft have at times had a contentious relationship but today, the two announced that customers will be able to download Microsoft Office's suite of apps all through one subscription in the App Store.

"Apple and Microsoft have worked together to bring great Office productivity to Mac users from the very beginning," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Now, with Office 365 on the Mac App Store, it's easier than ever to get the latest and best version of Office 365 for Mac, iPad, and iPhone."

Apple's senior director of worldwide developer relations, Shaan Pruden told TechCrunch today that part of the wholesale redesign of the App Store revolved around making it easier to subscribe and download bundles of apps -- instead of the old system which forced you to download each Microsoft Office app separately.

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"One of the features that we brought specifically in working with Microsoft was the ability to subscribe to bundles, which is obviously something that they would need in order to bring Office 365 to the Mac App Store," Pruden said in an interview with TechCrunch.

In a statement from Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, Microsoft said that with the latest version of the App Store, users will be able to access all of the "cloud-connected, always-up-to-date version of the Office suite" which comes with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and OneDrive.

"Office 365 provides experiences tailored to the Mac and macOS, like Dark Mode, Continuity Camera, OneDrive Files on Demand, and Touch Bar support on the MacBook Pro," Spataro said, adding that the program could be connected to the cloud, which would let you access all of your files from any device.

Before the update to the App Store, users had to go directly to Microsoft to get the Office apps, but now, people will be able to access everything through the App Store and even get updates to the apps through the store.

"The apps themselves are updated through the App Store, and we've done a lot of great work between the two companies to make sure that the experience really feels good and feels like it's fully integrated," Spataro told TechCrunch.

For a Microsoft Office 365 subscription, customers will pay $69 for an individual account or $99 for a household account that gives access to six people.

The latest version of the App Store is designed to simplify the app download process by tailoring everything to what Apple users already know. Spataro said the new Office 365 for Apple was the culmination of years of work between Apple and Microsoft.

"We have worked closely with Apple to provide Mac users with the very best productivity experience -- one that offers everything they know and love about Office through an experience uniquely designed for the Mac," he said.

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Takeaways

  1. Microsoft Office 365 has finally come to the App Store, allowing Apple users to access the suite of apps ranging from Word to Powerpoint and OneDrive.
  2. The new App Store allows you to download bundles of apps through a subscription, and part of Apple's redesign was done specifically to cater to companies like Microsoft.

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Jonathan is a Contributing Writer for CNET's Download.com. He's a freelance journalist based in New York City. He recently returned to the United States after reporting from South Africa, Jordan, and Cambodia since 2013.