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Google brought Android apps to Chromebooks a little while ago. Android apps on Chromebooks are still in beta, and some apps aren’t compatible with some Chromebook devices just yet. This also includes Microsoft’s Office suite of apps which are available for download on some Chromebook devices, but some users weren’t able to install them on their Chromebook devices. This resulted in a lot of speculation which made some users think Microsoft was intentionally blocking the installation of its Office apps on Chromebooks. Thankfully though, that does not seem to be the case.
Microsoft is aware of the compatibility issue, and the software giant stated that it is “partnering” with Google to deliver the “best experience” for Chromebook users. The company does, however, plan on making its Office apps compatible on all devices (that support Android apps) by general availability:
“Our strategy has not changed. Office for Android is supported on Chrome OS devices via the Google Play Store. While Google Play on Chrome OS is in beta, we are partnering with Google to deliver the best experience for Chromebook users and plan to make the apps available on all compatible devices by general availability.”
Microsoft’s Office apps is definitely going to be one of the most important apps on a Chromebook. It is worth noting that the Office apps will not be available for free to some devices for free depending on their device’s display size. Just like Office on any other platform or device, you’ll need an Office 365 subscription if your device has a display bigger than 10.1-inch. As for Chromebooks, most devices have a display larger than 10.1 inches, so most users will have to pay for Office 365 subscription to be able to use the apps on their Chromebook.
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