Microsoft Office for Android is Now Available on All Chromebooks

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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.

Microsoft Office has been available on Google's Chromebook Pixel for a while now, but the arrival of the suite to all Chromebooks is a big move for Microsoft and a nod to the growing popularity of Google's lightweight laptops. Microsoft had said past year that it will make Microsoft Office apps in full Android versions which will be available to all devices which are compatible.

For a very long time Microsoft Office wasn't available on Chromebooks, but recently it has been released for all Chromebooks that have the Google Play store (not all have it, so check before you buy).

Similar to the lack of information on when Microsoft Office for Chromebooks will be launched, Microsoft has apparently rolled out the software quietly. Considering that, at last count, over 1 billion people used Office, this will likely make the selection of a Chromebook easier and more consumer-friendly for some. True to its word, Google ensured Pixelbook and Samsung's new Chromebook supported Google Play. You can download those apps on your Android-based phone or tablet right now, but Chromebooks run Android apps as well. (A list of which select devices are able to run Google Play is available here).

In addition, users with devices whose screens are 10.1 inches or larger will need an Office 365 subscription to use the Android app, a report in ZDNet pointed out. At that time, Chrome Unboxed contacted Microsoft to clarify the situation, and Microsoft responded by stating that support for Microsoft Office was in the works for Chromebooks, but some kinks had to be worked out. Google declined to comment.

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