- Microsoft discontinuing Office apps for Chromebook users.
- Users may find it difficult to open existing Word documents when offline
- Chromebook users will need to sign in to their personal Microsoft Accounts.
Microsoft has reportedly decided to discontinue support for Office, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook, for Chromebook users starting September 18. The company directs users to use Office.com and Outlook.com instead of the native Android apps. The apps will still be available on Android smartphones and tablets though.
At this point, I’m sure most Chromebook owners reading this aren’t happy. And I can understand that. Some people simply prefer native applications over web-based solutions.
The web apps allow you to:
- Create, edit, and collaborate on documents and files.
- Send and receive emails.
- Maintain an online calendar.
Microsoft said in a statement:
“In an effort to provide the most optimized experience for Chrome OS/Chromebook customers, Microsoft apps (Office and Outlook) will be transitioned to web experiences (Office.com and Outlook.com) on 18 September 2021. This transition brings Chrome OS/Chromebook customers to access to additional and premium features. Customers will need to sign in with their personal Microsoft Account or account associated with their Microsoft 365 subscription.”
How to install and run Microsoft Office on a Chromebook?
You can now access your Microsoft 365 apps from the web — including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Outlook.
- Open the browser on your Chromebook and go to office.com.
- For quick access, create a shortcut, or bookmark the URL in your browser.
- Sign in with your personal Microsoft Account or any account associated with your Microsoft 365 subscription.
While the move may look like Microsoft is pulling support from a competing platform, it actually could make a lot of sense. Google’s ChromeOS is essentially meant to run an entire system inside its Chrome browser, so Chromebooks perform exceptionally when you’re working inside the browser. This transition brings Chrome OS/Chromebook customers to access to additional and premium features.
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