The Office Apps Store

One of the things that is disappointing about being an early adopter of Windows RT is that the Windows App Store is a bit sparse. This really isn’t any different from what I went through with Windows Phone 7, and I’m not surprised by it. I know the apps are coming—I just want to know when!
So, in an effort to find out when more apps were coming, I was poking around online. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did find interesting that might eventually turn into something useful: the Office Apps Store. I say “eventually” because I didn’t see anything that seemed particularly useful right now, but it is a fun idea with lots of possibilities.

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Just to try it out, I installed the Merriam-Webster Dictionary app. Installation is reasonably simple: just click the link from the store, and you’re done. The app is then accessible from the corresponding Office app’s ribbon.

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There’s nothing revolutionary about the app. It’s a dictionary. You can look up words. But, it works like it should, and I’m happy to have it. I was pleased to find that right-clicking a word and selecting Define looks up the word in the app—that was nice.

OfficeApps_Ribbon

OfficeApps_Dialog

That’s all for now. I’ll be keeping an eye on the store, checking in from time to time. Maybe something cool will turn up! Do you know about a cool Office app? Please share!

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