Published: Tue, November 28, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Microsoft Office Android apps now available on all Chromebooks

A majority of Chromebook users are from schools or inside a stable classroom which uses Office 365 subscription or uses Google's own G Suite.

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 Microsoft of old used its globe-dominating Office suite as a way to keep people in its ecosystem, producing only versions for Windows and Apple's Macintosh. You see, support trickled out initially to a limited selection of devices meaning the experience from one Chromebook to the next isn't necessarily the same.

A key piece of software that has been missing from Chromebooks is now available to everyone - Microsoft Office. As reported by Android Central, all Chromebooks can download the Microsoft Office from the Google Play Store, no matter who manufactured the device. Also, it was frustrating for some Chromebook users as sometimes the apps would show up, but soon disappear without warning, notes Android Authority. Google declined to comment. Among other models, Office apps appear to be on the Samsung Chromebook Pro, the Pixelbook, and two models of the Acer Chromebook 15.

Microsoft provided no formal announcement on the matter but support does seem universal (or at the very least, much more universal) than it did before.

In addition, users with devices whose screens are 10.1 inches or larger will need an Office 365 subscription to use the Android apps, ZDNet also pointed out.

This is major news for productivity users who had previously been interested in Chrome OS, but could never buy a Chromebook because of lack of Office support.

Are you able to download the new Microsoft Office suite on your Google Chromebook via the Play Store?

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