Microsoft Office rolls out on Chromebooks

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Microsoft Office rolls out on Chromebooks

Microsoft Office for Android is now available for all Play Store-compatible devices, with the rollout appearing to be universal.

The Android versions of the Office apps are reduced versions of the software that most users know, and include basic functionality suited for everyday users.

The app interfaces have been tailored to suit the larger screen of the Chromebook, compared with tablet or smartphone use. 

However, for Chromebooks with screens larger than 10.1 inches, Microsoft reportedly requires users to have an Office 365 subscription before editing documents.

"We've not received any grand announcement or explanation... but we've seen all over the place reports of Chromebooks finally getting Microsoft Office apps running," according to Chrome Unboxed.

"We checked every Chrome OS device we have and can confirm they all show every Office app in the Play Store ready for download. 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," it added.

The arrival of Microsoft on Chromebooks has been a patchy affair. The Asus Chromebook Flip supported the whole Office suite from the moment the Play Store arrived on the Google-powered devices, but failed to appear anywhere else.

When the Pixelbook arrived, once again the apps worked straight away, but there was still no broader rollout until now.

Of course, Chromebook users haven't been completely devoid of productivity apps until now. Signing up for a Google account, as you must when setting up a Chromebook, gives access to Google's own G Suite, which includes Docs, Sheets and Slides.

However, for those who prefer to use Microsoft's tools as apps, not just through the browser, this will prove good news.

This article originally appeared at itpro.co.uk

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