Microsoft Workplace is now out there for Google Chromebook customers via the Google Play Retailer – a notable addition, given the 2 firms supply competing merchandise by way of workplace productiveness software program. Neither Google nor Microsoft are making a proper announcement concerning the Workplace purposes’ arrival on Chromebooks. However we perceive the Workplace Android apps will solely be free to customers with particular units, whereas others might want to subscribe to Workplace 365 to reap the benefits of the apps.
Chrome Unboxed was the primary to identify the arrival of Workplace through Google Play on Chromebooks.
That is the primary time Workplace has been out there to Chromebook customers via Google Play as a common launch, although a report right now from ZDNet notes that some Chromebook customers had been beforehand in a position to get Microsoft Workplace from the beta model of the Play Retailer.
The apps’ arrival shouldn’t be too stunning, although, as Microsoft had stated final 12 months it might make full Android variations of Microsoft Workplace apps out there to all appropriate units when the Google Play Retailer for Chromebooks exited beta.
As it’s possible you’ll recall, Google made Chrome OS able to supporting Android purposes final 12 months, however that help had been restricted to pick fashions.
Issues started to alter in 2017, when the corporate promised that each one new 2017 Chromebook launches would help Google Play. It then delivered on that promise when units like Samsung’s new Chromebook and, extra not too long ago, Google’s flagship Pixelbook arrived.
Regardless of these adjustments, Microsoft hadn’t supplied an up to date timeline for publicly bringing its Workplace Android apps to Chromebooks. That left some to surprise if the apps’ arrival was nonetheless forthcoming, whereas others explored workarounds.
Now the Workplace Android apps for Chromebook are right here, however there are a number of caveats we should always observe.
For starters, simply because all newer Chromebooks now help Google Play, the flexibility to run Android apps on older fashions remains to be restricted. (A listing of which choose units are in a position to run Google Play is offered right here).
As well as, customers with units whose screens are 10.1 inches or bigger will want an Workplace 365 subscription to make use of the Android apps, ZDNet additionally identified.
In fact, Google’s G Suite remains to be the extra doubtless selection for a lot of Chromebook customers, however the potential to make use of Microsoft Workplace on a Chromebook makes them a probably extra viable choice for companies utilizing Microsoft’s software program.
That could possibly be one cause why Microsoft isn’t making numerous noise about its Workplace Android apps now engaged on Chromebooks. The opposite is Home windows 10 S – the streamlined model of Home windows 10 the corporate is positioning as its Chrome OS competitor.
Microsoft hasn’t (but) supplied a touch upon the information of the apps’ arrival. Google declined to remark.
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