Microsoft is retiring its Office apps for Chromebook users in favor of web versions

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Since 2017 Microsoft offered its Office suite to Chromebook users through the Google Play Store, but that should be over in a few weeks.

Effective September 18, Microsoft will end support for Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook) on the Chromebook. However, Microsoft is not completely giving up the popular mobile device. Instead of a downloaded app, Microsoft is encouraging users to go online instead.

“In order to offer Chromebook customers the best possible experience, Microsoft apps (Office and Outlook) will be switched to web experiences (Office.com and Outlook.com) on September 18, 2021,” Microsoft wrote in an email to TechCrunch .

Microsoft’s statement also states that “this move will give Chromebook customers access to additional and premium features.”

The Microsoft web experience will serve to move its base of Chromebook users to the Microsoft 365 service, which has more Office templates and generally more functionality than the app-based approach. The web approach is also optimized for larger screens than the app.

In terms of how Microsoft Chromebook users will be able to access Office and Outlook, the plan for customers is to “… sign in with their personal Microsoft account or the account associated with their Microsoft 365 subscription,” the statement said. Microsoft has also provided Online documentation to show users how Office runs on a Chromebook.

Chromebooks run on Google’s Chrome OS, a Linux-based operating system. Chromebooks also allow Android apps to run, as Android is also Linux-based, with apps downloaded from Google Play. It’s important to note that while Microsoft is no longer providing support for Chromebooks, it is not giving up other Android-based mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.

For Chromebook users who have already downloaded the Microsoft Office apps, the apps will work after September 18 but will not receive support or future updates.

Source: techgrunch.com. Photo credit: gettyimage

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