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Microsoft makes Office available to all compatible Chromebooks

30 November 2017, 02:02 | Gina Pena

Microsoft makes Office available to all compatible Chromebooks

Microsoft Office Finally Arrives on Chromebooks Everywhere

Last year, Google gave selected models of chrome OS the ability to support Android applications. 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. As of now, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel are available on all Chromebooks. For some reason, the Office suite worked on only a few Chromebooks. Most others, however, have either never seen the apps on offer or have had a sporadic, inconsistent experience.

Microsoft Office has arrived for Google Chromebook users through the Google Play Store and it will be available free only to users with specific devices, while others will need to subscribe to Office 365. However, Microsoft had still not publicly given an updated time line for bringing its office Android apps to Chromebooks.

The whole Microsoft Office collection of Android apps - for Android devices and Chrome OS devices - can be found over at Google Play. Users of the Samsung Chromebook Pro, Acer Chromebook 15, and Acer C771 have all reported seeing the app available for their devices.

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Neither Microsoft nor Google have had anything official to say about this just yet, and we don't know for certain that it is open to every Chromebook product, but this does so far seem to be the case (and Microsoft had been working on wider support).

The apps' arrival is not too surprising, though, as Microsoft had said past year it would make full Android versions of Microsoft Office apps available to all compatible devices when the Google Play Store for Chromebooks exited beta.

For many people who needed Office for work or school and didn't care for Google's own versions of Office, this is great news.



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