Published: Tue, November 28, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Microsoft Office arrives on Chromebooks via Google Play Store

Microsoft Office arrives on Chromebooks via Google Play Store

Although Google would rather Chrome OS users rely on its own G Suite apps, not having Office available would always restrict the appeal of Chromebooks and prevent them emerging as versatile productivity devices. Following suit, Microsoft made a decision to optimize its apps for Chromebooks including the Office suite.

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

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.

So good news for all then as it appears that whatever was causing issues has been fixed and you can use individual Office apps on Chromebooks that support Google Play, which is a vast improvement on the web service you've been limited to via the Chrome browser. For those who have avoided Chromebooks because Google Drive was the best or only option, this is a big addition. These versions of the Microsoft Office apps require a subscription to Office 365, and those without said subscription will only be able to use these apps to view files. This is the first time in a while since these apps have been available in a while. Also, it was frustrating for some Chromebook users as sometimes the apps would show up, but soon disappear without warning, notes Android Authority.

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As we have mentioned earlier, until recently, only a few Chromebooks were compatible with Microsoft Office.

It is a rule from Microsoft that devices with a screen size of more than 10.1 inches need a paid subscription to edit, create or print any document.

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

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