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30 November 2017, 01:59 | Jenny Fowler
Microsoft Office Finally Arrives on Chromebooks Everywhere
The Office application for Chromebook is the same as the Android app, only Microsoft has now optimised this version for use on larger-screened Chromebooks. 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. The Office apps consistently worked on Google's high-end Pixel laptops, but users of more mainstream Chromebooks weren't often so lucky.
As you may recall, Google made Chrome OS capable of supporting Android applications previous year, but that support had been limited to select models. The state of the situation has been that the Office Android apps were available on some devices, but not on others. True to its word, Google ensured Pixelbook and Samsung's new Chromebook supported Google Play.
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Office apps have always been corralled to only a particular set of Chromebooks, with no apparent rules or reason behind it.
But after over a year of waiting, Chrome Unboxed reported last Wednesday that, without any warning or explanation, the Office suite of Android apps is suddenly working on seemingly every Chrome OS device in existence. Although, the Office on Android platform for Chromebook is available, for starters, the ability to run apps on older models is still limited. (A list of which select devices are able to run Google Play is available here). However, a report from ZDNet states that Microsoft Office has been accessible from the beta version of the Play Store to some Chromebook users. You need an Office 365 subscription to actually save and edit a document, but if you're paying the $7-per-month fee, you can now fire up the apps on a Chromebook. Google declined to comment.
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