Some Google Chromebook users still can't access the new Microsoft Office apps

While the support for Microsoft Office on Chrome OS comes as good news for many Google Chromebook users, there's one little problem.

Although there's been no official word from either party, Chrome Unboxed has been tinkering with the various offerings and it appears that they are all now working as they should. In practice, the suite only worked on a few devices, and then only for some users.

Office apps have always been corralled to only a particular set of Chromebooks, with no apparent rules or reason behind it.

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It appears that Office is now rolling out to Chromebooks widely in the Play Store, including the Samsung Chromebook Pro, Pixelbook and Acer's Chromebook 15 and C771, Chrome Unboxed reports. Google did add the support for Android apps, but for anyone looking to turn to a Chromebook as an alternative to Windows, an OS that is synonymous with Microsoft Office, having the support for the Office suite on Chrome OS was not an option. The apps can be found by searching the Google Play Store. As of now, there is no comment from Google and Microsoft over the development.

Since long before the demise of the Windows Mobile platform, Microsoft has been keen to leverage the huge popularity of Android and nearly all its apps have been available in Android versions for some time, in what we affectionately refer to as the "chest-burster" strategy. According to Microsoft's rules, devices bigger than 10.1 inches - running on Windows, iOS, and Android - will need an Office 365 subscription to enjoy the ability to edit, print, or create documents, notes The Verge. This helps users to try out new features even before they are released to the production ring. Anything larger than 10.1-inches and the subscription fee kicks in.

  • Toni Ryan