Microsoft Office apps now available for all Chromebooks

Audrey Hill
November 28, 2017

Chrome OS users will soon have access to Microsoft Office for Android granted they have a Play Store-compatible Chromebook.

Office apps have always been corralled to only a particular set of Chromebooks, with no apparent rules or reason behind it.

This is for most Google Chromebooks released in the past couple of years - beyond that and we're getting into "Android apps wont ever work here" territory. In practice, the suite only worked on a few devices, and then only for some users.

Microsoft Office is now available for Google Chromebook users through the Google Play Store - a notable addition, given the two companies offer competing products in terms of office productivity software.

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The move is significant Chromebooks are primarily - in the USA at least - used by a majority of the K-12 students, meaning without Office it is easier for many to simply use Google Apps.

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

Chromebook users can already tap into cloud-based productivity services like Google Drive, which can convert Microsoft file formats. Last year, Google announced that the Google Play Store and Android apps were coming to Chromebooks, making these devices a really interesting alternative to Windows laptops. Microsoft has been working to make the Android version available to all Chrome OS users, and it appears they have succeeded.

Last year, Microsoft revealed that machines with a display at or below 10.1-inches would be classified as a "true mobile device". 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.

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