Published: Tue, November 28, 2017
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Microsoft Office is now available on every Chromebook

Microsoft Office is now available on every Chromebook

Microsoft has been developing an Android Chromebook version of its do-everything Office suite of programs for about a year now.

But one thing that up until now that has been fairly disastrous has been its support for individual Office applications on Google's Chromebooks.

Are you able to download the new Microsoft Office suite on your Google Chromebook via the 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. Chrome Unboxed reports that the apps are now available in Samsung's Chromebook Pro, Acer's Chromebook 15 and Acer's C771.

Keep in mind that not all Chromebooks can run the Google Play Store as of today (you can find a list of compatible models on this page). Before now, users have been relegated to Google Docs and other Google apps - as well as a handful of Android apps and/or Chrome apps for all their document needs.

Last year, Google announced that it would be bringing Android apps to ChromeOS in order to make their laptops and hybrids more versatile.

However now, Chrome Unboxed has confirmed it is able to install the Office Suite apps on all the devices it checked. Microsoft's Office products are the most widely used productivity tools, and missing out on them would have surely cost various Chromebook manufacturers some sales.

Microsoft Office Suite apps coming to Chromebooks is a big win for the latter. The devices with screens larger than 10.1 inches need to be configured with an Office 365 subscription, and then only you can edit the documents on your Chromebook.

Last year, Microsoft revealed that machines with a display at or below 10.1-inches would be classified as a "true mobile device". This helps users to try out new features even before they are released to the production ring.

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