Microsoft Office is finally on all Chromebooks (with a catch)

Microsoft Office Android apps now available on all Chromebooks

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

The apps' arrival is not too surprising, though, as Microsoft had said previous year it would make full Android versions of Microsoft Office apps available to all compatible devices when the Google Play Store for Chromebooks exited beta.

Do you use Microsoft Office apps on your Google Chromebook?

For the Chrome OS, the Android app support came in a year ago.

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.

Now though, any Chromebook or other Chrome OS device with Play Store-support will be able to download Microsoft Office for Android which could help more businesses get behind Google's cheap full laptop alternatives. For those who have avoided Chromebooks because Google Drive was the best or only option, this is a big addition. While the Android apps don't match all the functionality of the desktop versions, they have all the basics and support syncing through Office 365. According to ExtremeTech, anyone who owns a Chromebook larger than 10.1 inches will have to pay for an Office 365 subscription in order to edit documents. Along with the manufacturers, Chromebook users would also be happy with the apps even if they were satisfied with G Suite.

Support for Microsoft Office apps, makes Chromebooks a realistic alternative to PCs running on the Windows and Mac OS. Before now, users have been relegated to Google Docs and other Google apps - as well as a handful of Android apps and/or Chrome apps for all their document needs.

Last year, Microsoft revealed that machines with a display at or below 10.1-inches would be classified as a "true mobile device".

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