Microsoft Office apparently available now for Chromebook users

Chromebook owners rejoice - Microsoft Office for Android is finally available for all Play Store-compatible devices. The apps were free to use for viewing and editing documents on phones if users signed in to their Microsoft account.

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. While it has not been possible to check every single Chromebook that's available, it does appear that Microsoft Office can now be downloaded from Google Play on every Chromebook that has been tested. As Microsoft Office was available on the Play Store, users tried to install it on many Chromebooks. The apps can be found by searching the Google Play Store.

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).

Chromebook users can already tap into cloud-based productivity services like Google Drive, which can convert Microsoft file formats. But we understand the Office Android apps will only be free to users with specific devices, while others will need to subscribe to Office 365 to take advantage of the apps. "They would work for some users and then simply disappear".

However, there is a small requirement for Chromebooks that feature screens larger than 10.1-inch. You can view, edit, and even track changes in documents using the Android version of Office. The Samsung Chromebook Pro, for example, has a 12.3-inch display, which puts it in the paid bracket.



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