Microsoft Office is now available for all Chromebooks

Microsoft Office Android apps now available on all Chromebooks

Chrome OS users will soon have access to Microsoft Office for Android granted they have a Play Store-compatible Chromebook. Some Chromebooks have worked flawlessly with Office apps for over a year.

Android app support arrived on Chromebooks well over a year ago although the rollout wasn't exactly universal.

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. Chrome Unboxed checked the Samsung Chromebook Pro, the Acer Chromebook 15 (two different models), the Acer C771 and the Pixelbook - all of them now show Microsoft's Office suite in the Play Store.

A majority of Chromebook users are from schools or inside a stable classroom which uses Office 365 subscription or uses Google's own G Suite.

This is the first time Office has been available to Chromebook users through Google Play as a general release, though a report today from ZDNet notes that some users of Chromebooks had been able to get Microsoft Office from the beta version of the Play Store in the past. This scenario works out as a win-win for Google and Microsoft, increasing adoption of both Chrome OS and Office.

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I do love Google Docs, it has everything I need to get stuff done on the move, but, given the choice, I would always choose Office 365 over it, as it is simply more my style - it's also more feature-rich.

Also, it appears that only those using Chromebooks with display sizes upwards of 10.1 inches will actually be able to edit files on these apps.

However, there is a small requirement for Chromebooks that feature screens larger than 10.1-inch.

Of course, Chromebook users haven't been completely devoid of productivity apps until now.

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