Why Windows 10 doesn't have MS Office

Microsoft installs Office PWAs on Windows 10 without asking

About a week ago, a user contacted the author of this message and on whose Windows 10 system, after a restart request, entries for Microsoft Office applications suddenly appeared in the start menu - without him consciously installing them. Since then, other users have spoken to the author, in social networks and forums who were confronted with the same phenomenon and probably still see it.

The entries are - unsolicited by Microsoft - links to so-called "Progressive Web Apps" (PWA), which are opened when clicking on the new, Chromium-based Edge browser (stable version). It is possible, according to a theory of some of those affected, that Microsoft is currently carrying out a kind of A / B test, as part of which the PWAs in question are installed on some systems without being asked.

It is still unclear which criteria decide on the installation. According to feedback from users, the apps appear both in local user accounts and in the context of Microsoft accounts. Participation in the Windows or Edge Insider Program does not seem to be a prerequisite, contrary to some contrary assumptions.

PWAs can be easily uninstalled again

At the request of the author of this report, an author from the deskmodder.de platform who was affected by the phenomenon took a closer look at it. As he describes in a blog entry on the unwanted PWAs, the Office PWAs are with the path C: \ Program Files (x86) \ Microsoft \ Edge \ Application links and calls Microsoft's Office online modules.

When calling up the apps, the users are redirected to the login page https://login.microsoftonline.com/. After logging in to the Microsoft account, Office documents can be viewed, edited and saved on the assigned OneDrive drive in the (Edge) browser with the Office online modules.

Fortunately, those who do not want to use these functions or prefer to decide for themselves when and how to do this can easily remove the PWAs: give the command in the Edge edge: // apps in the URL bar, the entries are listed under Installed apps and can be deleted there. Alternatively, you can also go through the start menu (right click on the application -> Uninstall) or the system settings (remove programs).

Update 10/20/20, 10:30 am:

PWA installation apparently not planned that way

According to unconfirmed sources from the Microsoft environment, the processes are said to be an "out of control", unfinished feature: The auto-installation of the PWAs was not planned in this form, according to ZDNet. It was actually intended to create new start menu entries as links to the Office web applications, provided that Office was not yet installed on the machine.

The unwanted behavior was probably caused by a bug in the latest Edge update. Microsoft has stopped the distribution and is now working on corrections. An official statement from the company is still missing.

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