Microsoft is discontinuing its Office apps for Chromebook users in favor of web versions
Microsoft has been making its Office suite available to Chromebook users through the Google Play store since 2017, but that will soon come to an end.
Microsoft will no longer offer Office for Chromebooks as of September 18; this includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. However, Microsoft is not completely giving up on the well-liked smartphone. Microsoft is urging consumers to visit the web rather than a downloaded app.
Microsoft stated in a statement provided to TechCrunch: “Microsoft programmes (Office and Outlook) will be converted to online experiences (Office.com and Outlook.com) on September 18, 2021, in an attempt to deliver the greatest optimal experience for Chromebook consumers.”
Additionally, according to Microsoft, “this move gives Chromebook consumers access to extra and premium capabilities.”
The Microsoft online experience will help convert its current base of Chromebook users to the Microsoft 365 service, which offers more Office templates and overall functionality than the app-based approach. Additionally, compared to the app, the online strategy is better suited for bigger displays.
According to the statement, consumers need “…check in using their personal Microsoft Account or account connected with their Microsoft 365 subscription” in order to use Office and Outlook on Chromebooks. Additionally, Microsoft has made online material available to customers that explains how to use Office on a Chromebook.
Google’s Chrome OS, a Linux-based operating system, powers Chromebooks. Because Android is built on Linux, Chromebooks can run Android apps that are downloaded through Google Play. It’s vital to understand that Microsoft is still supporting other Android-based mobile devices including tablets and smartphones even while support for Chromebooks is ending.