Microsoft office rolls out on Chromebooks

Microsoft Office Android apps now available on all Chromebooks

While Google's G-Suite offers a wide range of cloud-based productivity apps akin to Microsoft's Office, PowerPoint and Excel, long time users of those programs have had difficulties fully making the switch to their Google equivalents. For example, a lack of Microsoft Office apps on many devices.

If you recall, Google announced a year ago that Android app support would be released for ChromeOS.

Microsoft has been trying its best to make its apps and services available across all platforms and devices. Following comments online that Microsoft Office was available on all Chromebooks with Google Play support, Chrome Unboxed has investigated the situation, confirming that it can be installed on a whole bunch of devices.

For years, one of the most common complaints about Chromebooks was that they couldn't run the Office suite of applications.




The Microsoft Office apps launched by the company are the Android versions of the product which comprises of the same features which you enjoys on your Android tablet running the office.

Although there's been no official word from either party, Chrome Unboxed has been tinkering with the various offerings and it appears that they are all now working as they should. The arrival of Office is partly thanks to the appearance of the Play Store on Chromebooks.

We've reached out to Microsoft to get confirmation and more details.

However, there is a small requirement for Chromebooks that feature screens larger than 10.1-inch. But we understand the Office Android apps will only be free to users with specific devices, while others will need to subscribe to Office 365 to take advantage of the apps. The Samsung Chromebook Pro, for example, has a 12.3-inch display, which puts it in the paid bracket.

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