Microsoft Office is now available for all Chromebooks

Microsoft Office

These versions of the Microsoft Office apps require a subscription to Office 365, and those without said subscription will only be able to use these apps to view files. Pay for Office 365, and you'll get this version on a Chromebook.

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

After being only available on select models including the Google Pixelbook and the Asus Chromebook Flip, it seems that Microsoft's Office Android apps can now be downloaded on a broader selection of Chromebooks. Chrome Unboxed reports that the apps are now available in Samsung's Chromebook Pro, Acer's Chromebook 15 and Acer's C771. Before now, users have been relegated to Google Docs and other Google apps - as well as a handful of Android apps and/or Chrome apps for all their document needs.

Now the Office Android apps for Chromebook are here, but there are a few caveats we should note. "They would work for some users and then simply disappear".


Android app support arrived on Chromebooks well over a year ago although the rollout wasn't exactly universal. As Microsoft Office was available on the Play Store, users tried to install it on many Chromebooks.

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.

This is major news for productivity users who had previously been interested in Chrome OS, but could never buy a Chromebook because of lack of Office support.

However, there is a small requirement for Chromebooks that feature screens larger than 10.1-inch.

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