Alongside Office 365 and Office 2019, Microsoft offers a free version of the Office apps (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Calendar, People, and OneDrive), but these are web applications, which you can only use with your web browser.
However, if you prefer a more classic experience, you can use the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge to install them on Windows 10 as Progressive Web Apps (PWAs).
Progressive Web Apps is a technology that allows websites to deliver an app-like experience to the end-user, such as the ability to work offline, notifications, automatic updates, easy installation and uninstallation, and various other features. However, it’s up to the developer to implement these functionalities.
- How to install Chromium Edge on Windows 10
- How to install Office web apps on Windows 10
- How to uninstall Office web apps on Windows 10
How to install Chromium Edge on Windows 10
You’ll need to install the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge to install the web Office apps on your device. If you already have the browser, then you can skip to the Office apps installation steps.
To install Chromium version of Microsoft Edge, use these steps:
Under the “Beta Channel” section, click the Download button.
Click the Accept and download button.
Double-click the file to launch the installer.
Once you complete the steps, the web browser will install on your computer adding Progressive Web Apps capabilities to Windows 10.
How to install Office web apps on Windows 10
To install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook web apps, use these steps:
Open Microsoft Edge.
- Quick tip: If you install the web app using the start page, when creating a new document, you’ll see a secondary address bar below the title bar. If you don’t want to see this bar, you can use the link to a new document, then you can always click the file menu to create a new document.
Click the Settings and more button from the top-right.
Select the Apps menu.
Click the Install this site as an app option.
Click the Install button.
After you complete the steps, you may need to repeat the steps to install the remaining apps, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. After the installation the apps will be available from the Start menu, and you’ll be even able to pin it to the taskbar.
How to uninstall Office web apps on Windows 10
Progressive Web Apps behave like traditional apps, which means that the uninstall process is the same as removing any other app.
To remove a Progressive Web App from Windows 10, use these steps:
Click on Apps.
Click on Apps & features.
Under the “Apps & features” section, select the web apps and click the Uninstall button.
Click the Uninstall button again.
Once you complete the steps, the web version of the Office application will be removed from your computer.