It looks like Microsoft's Office suite is now available for all Chromebooks

Alyssa Bailey
November 30, 2017

As you may recall, Google made Chrome OS capable of supporting Android applications previous year, but that support had been limited to select models. It's the same catch that has always existed for Office users, as Microsoft classifies anything smaller than 10.1 as mobile, but it's still worth mentioning in case Chromebook enthusiasts were hoping to use Word on their 2-in-1 for free. For some reason, the Office suite worked on only a few Chromebooks. "Again, we don't have an exhaustive list at this point, but we've tried the Samsung Chromebook Pro, Pixelbook, Acer Chromebook 15 (two different models of it) and the Acer C771 and can confirm all these devices are seeing Microsoft's Office in the Play Store". This is a remarkable and very surprising move as both the companies Google and Microsoft, offer competing products relating to office productivity software. They could even spontaneously disappear on some devices.

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. Microsoft has been working to make the Android version available to all Chrome OS users, and it appears they have succeeded. When the first Android compatible Chromebooks came out, some were able to run Office apps, and some weren't.

Microsoft Office Finally Arrives on Chromebooks Everywhere

This is major news for productivity users who had previously been interested in Chrome OS, but could never buy a Chromebook because of lack of Office support.

Although alternatives like Google Docs have existed for years, compatibility for Microsoft Office documents is a big barrier.

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