Microsoft’s Office apps for Android will no longer work on Chromebooks


NEW DELHI: Tech giant Microsoft will stop supporting its Android for Office apps for Google Chromebooks next month. Starting September 18, the company will require users to use Office.com and Outlook.com instead of native Android apps. The applications will still be available on Android smartphones and tablets.

Chromebook users will need to sign in to their personal Microsoft accounts or their Microsoft 365 subscription accounts. The company announced the change through its Office support page for Chromebook, and said users will be able to access apps like Outlook. , OneNote, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, and Word using web services. The page used to direct users to download Android apps earlier.

While the move might make it look like Microsoft is pulling backing support from a competing platform, it could actually make a lot of sense. Google’s ChromeOS is basically meant to run an entire system in its Chrome browser, so Chromebooks perform exceptionally well when working in the browser.

“We’re excited to see Microsoft giving Chrome OS users a more optimized experience and embracing the open web. People love Chrome OS because it delivers a fast, secure, and easy computing experience and helps them stay connected while they work. , study and stay entertained, ”a Google spokesperson told ZDNet.

The Windows maker told AboutChromebooks the same in a statement. “In an effort to provide the most optimized experience for Chrome OS / Chromebook customers, Microsoft applications (Office and Outlook) will move to web experiences (Office.com and Outlook.com) on September 18, 2021. This transition brings Chrome OS / Chromebook customers get access to additional and premium features. Customers will need to sign in with their personal Microsoft account or an account associated with their Microsoft 365 subscription. More information is available here, “Microsoft said.

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