Microsoft Office apparently available now for Chromebook users

30 November, 2017, 14:02 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
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The apps' arrival is not too surprising, though, as Microsoft had said a year ago it would make full Android versions of Microsoft Office apps available to all compatible devices when the Google Play Store for Chromebooks exited beta. Schools, where Chromebooks are already immensely popular, may already have subscriptions, and it's free on devices with 10.1-inch displays or less.

While most people are probably buying Chromebooks to use Google's suite of online services, having a fully-offline capable copy of Office is a handy thing to have in the tool chest.

It is for the first time that office is available for Chromebook users through Google Play in terms of general release.

The whole Microsoft Office collection of Android apps - for Android devices and Chrome OS devices - can be found over at Google Play.

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As you may recall, Google made Chrome OS capable of supporting Android applications past year, but that support had been limited to select models.

Similar to the lack of information on when Microsoft Office for Chromebooks will be launched, Microsoft has apparently rolled out the software quietly. Sometimes the apps would then show up on some Chromebooks before disappearing without warning from others. However, Microsoft had still not publicly given an updated time line for bringing its office Android apps to Chromebooks. (A list of which select devices are able to run Google Play is available here).

While there hasn't been any official word from Microsoft that Office is ready to go for all Chromebooks, there have been plenty of reports of the Office suite working on multiple devices. This is a remarkable and very surprising move as both the companies Google and Microsoft, offer competing products relating to office productivity software.

Microsoft hasn't (yet) provided a comment on the news of the apps' arrival.

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