Are Chromebooks finally getting access to Microsoft Office?

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There hasn’t been any official word from Microsoft yet, but it looks like all Chromebook users are now able to download Microsoft Office from the Google Play Store.

Back in 2014, Microsoft made the web versions of its most popular apps available to Chromebook users, including:

  • PowerPoint
  • Excel
  • OneNote
  • Word

Subsequently, Microsoft Office Mobile for Android became available. Certain Chromebook users reported they were able to get their hands on Microsoft Office from the beta of the Play Store, but not all of them had the option available.

Last year, Microsoft unveiled that they had partnered up with Google in order to ensure the best Chromebook experience for users. This included plans to release a full Android version of the Office apps. They were planning to release them by the time Google Play Store for Chromebook users was no longer in beta.

Since then, there has been no news regarding Microsoft Office becoming generally available for all Chromebooks. In the meantime, some Chromebook users turned to CrossOver, which allowed them to run Windows apps on their devices.

In any case, Android tablet users can now use Microsoft Office for free, but not all of them. Users whose devices are 10.1 inches or smaller qualify, while those who have larger devices need to have a Microsoft Office 365 subscription in order to use the software.

Microsoft wants to present an alternative to Chrome OS with its Windows 10 S operating system, which only runs Microsoft Store apps.

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