Microsoft Office is now available on every Chromebook

Screenshot taken on a Samsung Chromebook Pro

Screenshot taken on a Samsung Chromebook Pro

We checked every Chrome OS device we have and can confirm they all show every Office app in the Play Store ready for download. 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.

But one thing that up until now that has been fairly disastrous has been its support for individual Office applications on Google's Chromebooks.

This is for most Google Chromebooks released in the past couple of years - beyond that and we're getting into "Android apps wont ever work here" territory.

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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.

Through the magic of the Play Store, the official Microsoft Office apps have arrived on Chromebooks. Microsoft has made its office suite available for a range of platforms over the years, but Chromebook support has been notable by its absence. Despite several Chromebooks being able to download and install the Office apps when Google opened up the Play Store to the laptop products, for many other Chromebooks they weren't available.

Microsoft provided no formal announcement on the matter but support does seem universal (or at the very least, much more universal) than it did before.

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

Chromebook users can already tap into cloud-based productivity services like Google Drive, which can convert Microsoft file formats. If you have a small Chromebook (10.1 inches), you can create and edit documents free of charge, but otherwise you'll need an office 365 subscription. The same rule applies to the iPad Pro.

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