Microsoft office rolls out on Chromebooks

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Editing without a subscription to Office 365 on devices with a 10.1-inch display or smaller is limited, however.

These apps are the Android version of Office, which are fairly full-featured, though those who use desktop versions might have a bit of adjusting to do. When the first Android compatible Chromebooks came out, some were able to run Office apps, and some weren't. They were able to confirm that Microsoft Office was able to download on the Play Store for all of the mentioned devices.

Microsoft's rollout of its Office Suite, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint, has been slow and tied to flagships like Google's own Pixelbook. The publication checked common Chromebooks such as the Samsung Chromebook Pro, Pixelbook, two different models of Acer Chromebook 15, and the Acer C771.

Over the previous year, "Office apps would randomly show up on one device without being available on most others", Chrome Unboxed said.

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The Microsoft of old used its globe-dominating Office suite as a way to keep people in its ecosystem, producing only versions for Windows and Apple's Macintosh. At the moment, not all Chromebooks can access the Google Play Store, which essentially means that some users of these gadgets are still unable to enjoy the new Microsoft apps.

Neither Microsoft nor Google have had anything official to say about this just yet, and we don't know for certain that it is open to every Chromebook product, but this does so far seem to be the case (and Microsoft had been working on wider support).

Of course, Chromebook users haven't been completely devoid of productivity apps until now. "They would work for some users and then simply disappear". Anything larger than 10.1-inches and the subscription fee kicks in.

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