Microsoft Office is now available for all Chromebooks

Microsoft Office is now available for all Chromebooks

Microsoft Office is now available for all Chromebooks

Editing without a subscription to Office 365 on devices with a 10.1-inch display or smaller is limited, however. At that time, Chrome Unboxed contacted Microsoft to clarify the situation, and Microsoft responded by stating that support for Microsoft Office was in the works for Chromebooks, but some kinks had to be worked out. In simple words, all Chromebooks regardless of the manufacturer were to get access to the countless number of apps present in the Google Play Store. Google did add the support for Android apps, but for anyone looking to turn to a Chromebook as an alternative to Windows, an OS that is synonymous with Microsoft Office, having the support for the Office suite on Chrome OS was not an option.

As you may recall, Google made Chrome OS capable of supporting Android applications past year, but that support had been limited to select models. Now, without announcement from the company, this changes. It then delivered on that promise when devices like Samsung's new Chromebook and, more recently, Google's flagship Pixelbook arrived.

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Microsoft Office apps for Android are now finally available on all Play Store-compatible Chromebooks. Unfortunately this was not the case and only a few models received Office Suite. The arrival of Office is partly thanks to the appearance of the Play Store on Chromebooks. (A list of which select devices are able to run Google Play is available here). According to Microsoft's rules, devices bigger than 10.1 inches - running on Windows, iOS, and Android - will need an Office 365 subscription to enjoy the ability to edit, print, or create documents, notes The Verge. On the other hand, the Office productivity suite was not available on Chrome OS, which was a deal-breaker for users who were dependent on it.

In the meantime, hang back and revel in the fact that Microsoft is now viewing Chromebooks as a serious platform. As of now, there is no comment from Google and Microsoft over the development.

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