Microsoft has been working for around a year on bringing its Office suite of applications to Google Chromebook devices. The apps were free to use for viewing and editing documents on phones if users signed in to their Microsoft account.
However now, Chrome Unboxed has confirmed it is able to install the Office Suite apps on all the devices it checked.
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Microsoft Office apps for Android are now finally available on all Play Store-compatible Chromebooks. Also, it was frustrating for some Chromebook users as sometimes the apps would show up, but soon disappear without warning, notes Android Authority.
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. The ability to run Android apps was already the biggest strength of the Chrome OS, now the addition of the missing apps makes the OS even more competitive.
There is a caveat, however, as Microsoft's Office is only available for free on Chromebooks with displays up to 10.1inches.
It is a rule from Microsoft that devices with a screen size of more than 10.1 inches need a paid subscription to edit, create or print any document. Personal subscriptions to Office 365 cost $6.99 per month, or $69.99 a year.