Google revealed that it would bring Android apps to Chrome OS back in 2016 to provide their laptops and hybrid devices with increased versatility. Microsoft also stated that it’s currently working to improve its own Chrome OS support.
The apps turned out to only be available on Google’s Pixelbook and a bunch of other devices.
Microsoft’s strategy remains the same
According to Microsoft, the company’s strategy remained the same. This means that Office for Android is currently supported on Chrome OS devices via the Google Play Store.
Google Play on Chrome OS is still in beta, and it seems that Microsoft is teaming up with Google in order to deliver the best experience for Chromebook users. They are planning to make their apps available on all compatible devices and to make them generally available.
Microsoft’s full Android Office Suite, now available for all Chromebooks
It looks like Microsoft’s complete Android Office Suite has become available for all Chromebooks and you can now download Microsoft Office on Chromebook for offline use.
Chromebooks are mainly used by a vast majority of the K-12 students at least in the US, so this move was quite a significant one. Without Office is was much more comfortable for many to just use Google Apps. The sales of mobile PCs into the K-12 sector developed a lot in 2016 with annual shipments growing 18% year-on-year in 2016.
During 2017, the market shipment growth was still significant. This constant growth in the education sector highlights the reason for which PC OEMs and the major OS providers keep focusing hard on the education market.
This whole experience is not as exquisite as using the full desktop Office in Windows 10, but for the K-12 level, it is likely more than enough, you can find the apps by heading to Google Play Store.
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