All Android apps for Microsoft's Office suite will be compatible with Chrome OS

All Android apps for Microsoft's Office suite will be compatible with Chrome OS
Chrome OS is a rather peculiar operating system, but before 2016 is officially in the history books, it'll be getting an update that will allow Chromebooks to natively run Android apps. This is a move that will do nothing but wonders for Chrome OS's lack of app support, and in preparation for the official release at the end of the year, Google is currently beta testing the new software and app support on the supported devices that the beta is available on. Owners of the Pixel Chromebook, Asus Flip, and Acer Chromebook R11 currently have access to the beta, and as more and more people are testing it out, some users have been reporting that they've been blocked from downloading the Microsoft Office Android apps.

This certainly is a bummer to hear as the Office apps for Android are incredibly feature-rich and are great productivity tools, but Microsoft was quick to release an official statement on the matter to reassure us that we shouldn't let this news get us too bummed out. 9to5Google reached out to Microsoft about this matter, and a spokesperson for the company responded with the following message -



So, if you're a frequent user of Microsoft Office and were worried that it wasn't working while testing out the beta for Chrome OS, you can rest easy knowing that you'll be covered once the operating system exists the beta stage. Even with this said though, it is worth keeping in mind that you'll need to be an Office 365 subscriber in order to access all of the features that the Office apps have to offer. As per the rules that Microsoft has set, any device with a screen of 10.1-inches or larger (basically any Chromebook) will not be able to edit, print, or create any sort of files or documents unless they are a paying subscriber for the service. However, if you're already a frequent user of the Office mobile apps, it's likely that you do subscribe to Office 365.

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10 Comments

1. dazzmichael

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Microsoft has the balls to pull what Google can't, Developing apps for Android and Chrome OS without hesitation so as to keep their services going.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Google's developing apps for iOS and macOS without hesitation But not for Windows Mobile as there's not enough people to make it worthwile (same with Apple and many other companies) Even Microsoft dont develop many of their apps for Windows Mobile

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

What of for the full Windows? Where's the UWP of YouTube, Maps, Translate, etc.? Or you want to say that an OS that's being used by a over 3 times more users than Mac OS is "not enough people"? They simply don't have the guts to do it...

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The thing is everyone on Windows just uses websites 99% of the UWP market is still getting their services without UWP Hence why Google/Apple/etc havent bothered bothered making UWP apps yet

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"The thing is everyone on Windows just uses websites" Only if the UWP sucks ass compared to the full website. Netflix and Hyper for YouTube offer equal or more than the website, hence why I prefer using those apps instead of the website. "99% of the UWP market is still getting their services without UWP" Lol, where TF did you get that stat from? Sounds like something you just pulled from your behind, 'cause the Windows store wouldn't be getting millions of visitors each month (according to Microsoft's latest Keynote) if that were the case...

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And their apps quality is high. Kudos to Microsoft.

3. aljololzz

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

awesome

5. shahinctg123

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Microsoft digging its own hole. Many offices buy Windows product only for Office (Word, Excell).

6. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Office is also on macOS.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It'll be nothing more than office online, which is already on the Chrome Store. Plus, last time I checked, most offices value data privacy, being forced to put all their data on someone else's storage (ie the cloud) won't be appealing to them.

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