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Office for Windows 10 will require Office 365 subscription on PCs, larger tablets

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Microsoft will soon strip the preview label off its Office for Windows 10 apps -- Excel, PowerPoint and Word -- and require an Office 365 subscription to use them on PCs, 2-in-1s and larger tablets running the new OS.

Gabriel Aul, engineering general manager for Microsoft's OS group and the mouthpiece for Windows 10, today outlined the final days of work on the touch-centric apps in a blog where he also announced another Windows 10 build for Insiders participants.

"There are a few changes to the apps coming up that are part of helping them get ready for their release with Windows 10," Aul wrote. "We will also remove 'Preview' from the app names and in about one week, you will need an Office 365 subscription to edit on Windows 10 PCs and larger tablets."

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