Microsoft’s Office suite of productivity applications has been available for Android since the past couple of years. However, even though Chromebooks have the ability to run Android apps, these apps weren’t made compatible with Chromebooks for some reason. Chromebook users certainly didn’t like this as it prevented them from getting work done on their device using Microsoft’s apps. It appears that Microsoft has had a change of heart now.
According to reports, Microsoft has quietly made its Office for Android apps compatible with Chromebooks. The company hasn’t made any formal announcements about this but there have been multiple reports online saying that the Office apps are now working on many Chromebook models.
The folks at Chrome Unboxed have tested out the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android on the Samsung Chromebook Pro, Acer Chromebook 15, the Google Pixelbook, and others and report that they’re working very well.
Most customers who buy a Chromebook likely use Google Docs for their productivity needs. However, Microsoft Office remains the most popular productivity suite in the world and these apps now let them access Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on their Chromebooks without having to switch ecosystems. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Users who have a 10.1 inch Chromebook or smaller can create and edit documents for free after they log into a Microsoft account. For Chromebooks that are larger, they will require an Office 365 subscription to edit documents.