Microsoft Office arrives on Chromebooks via Google Play Store

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Microsoft Office is now to be had for Google Chromebook customers during the Google Play Store – a notable addition, given the 2 corporations be offering competing merchandise relating to administrative center productiveness tool. Neither Google nor Microsoft are making a proper announcement concerning the Office programs’ arrival on Chromebooks. However we perceive the Office Android apps will best be unfastened to customers with explicit gadgets, whilst others will want to subscribe to Office 365 to benefit from the apps.

Chrome Unboxed was once the primary to identify the coming of Office via Google Play on Chromebooks.

That is the primary time Office has been to be had to Chromebook customers via Google Play as a normal liberate, despite the fact that a document nowadays from ZDNet notes that some customers of Chromebooks have been ready to get Microsoft Office from the beta model of the Play Store up to now.

The apps’ arrival isn’t too unexpected, despite the fact that, as Microsoft had mentioned final yr it will make complete Android variations of Microsoft Office apps to be had to all appropriate gadgets when the Google Play Store for Chromebooks exited beta.

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As you could recall, Google made Chrome OS in a position to supporting Android programs final yr, however that reinforce have been restricted to choose fashions.

Issues started to modify in 2017, when the corporate promised that every one new 2017 Chromebook launches would reinforce Google Play. It then delivered on that promise when gadgets like Samsung’s new Chromebook and, extra just lately, Google’s flagship Pixelbook arrived.

In spite of those adjustments, Microsoft hadn’t introduced an up to date timeline for publicly bringing its Office Android apps to Chromebooks. That left some to wonder whether the apps’ arrival was once nonetheless impending, whilst others explored workarounds.

Now the Office Android apps for Chromebook are right here, however there are a couple of caveats we will have to observe.

For starters, simply because all more recent Chromebooks now reinforce Google Play, the power to run Android apps on older fashions continues to be restricted. (An inventory of which make a selection gadgets are ready to run Google Play is to be had right here).

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As well as, customers with gadgets whose displays are 10.1 inches or greater will want an Office 365 subscription to make use of the Android apps, ZDNet additionally identified.

In fact, Google’s G Suite continues to be the much more likely selection for plenty of Chromebook customers, however the skill to make use of Microsoft Office on a Chromebook makes them a doubtlessly extra viable possibility for companies the use of Microsoft’s tool.

That may be one reason Microsoft isn’t making numerous noise about its Office Android apps now operating on Chromebooks. The opposite is Home windows 10 S – the streamlined model of Home windows 10 the corporate is positioning as its Chrome OS competitor.

Microsoft hasn’t (but) equipped a remark on the inside track of the apps’ arrival. Google declined to remark.

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