Microsoft Office Apps Come to All Chromebooks

Microsoft Office Apps Come to All Chromebooks

Microsoft Office Apps Come to All Chromebooks

Then, in September 2016, Google brought support for Android apps to Chrome OS. 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.

Microsoft's rollout of its Office Suite, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint, has been slow and tied to flagships like Google's own Pixelbook.

As Chrome Unboxed correctly highlights, this won't mean new functionality for all.

There is a caveat, however, as Microsoft's Office is only available for free on Chromebooks with displays up to 10.1inches.

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It is for the first time that office is available for Chromebook users through Google Play in terms of general release. It has been a long journey to get here, with random individual Chromebook models gaining and losing Office support for the past year, but now, according to a report from Chrome Unboxed, the office suite is live on all Chromebooks.

The apps' arrival is not too surprising, though, as Microsoft had said previous 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. (A list of which select devices are able to run Google Play is available here).

Since that statement, though, no update has been offered by Microsoft on the state of support for Microsoft Office in Chromebooks. You need an Office 365 subscription to actually save and edit a document, but if you're paying the $7-per-month fee, you can now fire up the apps on a Chromebook. Chromebook owners assumed that the mobile version of Office (which has since been split into separate apps) would work on all Chrome OS devices. Google declined to comment.

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