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Microsoft Office finally available for all Chromebooks

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Acer Chromebook 11 C771
Without any fanfare, Microsoft finally made Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint available for (apparently) all Chromebooks via the Google Play store. Chrome Unboxed confirmed their availability on the Pixelbook, Samsung Chromebook Pro, two Chromebook 15 models, and the Acer C771.

Back in their early days, Chromebooks were not taken seriously by many of those who use them today due to the lack of software support. In the beginning, there wasn't even Google Play support for Chrome OS-driven laptops and convertibles. Now, everything is heading in the right direction, since most of the more recent Chromebooks provide full Google Play support. Even better, Microsoft has recently made the Office suite available to Chromebooks as well.

Strange enough, this move was performed without any official announcement, so it took a few days for everyone to figure out what just had happened. The fact that some Chromebooks had access to the Office apps already probably contributed to Microsoft's decision to stealthily expand the reach of its popular software suite. 

After seeing multiple reports claiming that a lot of Chromebooks that did not have access to the Office apps in Google Play previously are now able to install and run them without any problems, the guys at Chrome Unboxed checked all their Chrome OS devices to see for themselves. While their list of Chromebooks is not that long, they managed to confirm that all their devices can get Microsoft Office via Google Play. This is their list of devices: the Samsung Chromebook Pro, the Google Pixelbook, two Acer Chromebook 15 models, and the Acer Chromebook 11 C771.

While the improved availability of Microsoft Office for Chromebooks might seem like a small move for this segment of the market, its effect might become visible in the next quarterly sales reports.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-11-27 (Update: 2017-11-27)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.