Through the sorcery of the Play Store, the central Microsoft Office apps have arrived on Chromebooks. It has been a prolonged tour to get here, with pointless particular Chromebook models gaining and losing Office support for the past year, but now, according to a report from Chrome Unboxed, the Office apartment is live on all Chromebooks. You need an Office 365 subscription to actually save and revise a document, but if you’re profitable the $7-per-month fee, you can now fire up the apps on a Chromebook.
The Play Store on Chromebooks brings Android apps to the before “Web only” platform. For Microsoft Office, this means Chromebook users get the Android inscription chronicle of Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint. Unlike scarcely every other Android inscription app in existence, Microsoft’s inscription apps are actually great! They offer a big-screen optimized interface that looks a lot like the Windows apps but with a smaller underline set. The Office apps are actually way better than Google’s own Drive apps on a tablet, which are just stretched-out phone apps (although on Chromebooks, you’d use the Drive website.)
While many people are substantially shopping Chromebooks to use Google’s apartment of online services, having a entirely offline able duplicate of Office is a accessible thing to have in the apparatus chest. If you really need to open a Word or Excel request but using Google Drive’s acclimatisation features, now you can.
It’s engaging to see Microsoft offer Office support on Chromebooks, which have been melancholy Windows desktop prevalence for some time. Microsoft is responding to the Chromebook hazard with Windows 10 S, a chronicle of Windows that is sealed down to the Windows Store. Windows Store apps—especially the new-school Universal Windows Platform apps—are some-more compelled than the common Windows applications, permitting for a some-more managed, “app store” like experience.
With the fall of Windows Phone, Microsoft has been some-more open to bringing its apps to other platforms. The company has loaded up Android with Microsoft apps, to the indicate that it even started selling “Microsoft Edition” Android phones in its stores. While we’re certain Microsoft would rather you go the Windows 10 S route, if you’re on a Chromebook, the company now has a way to strech you with Office.