After being only available on select models including the Google Pixelbook and the Asus Chromebook Flip, it seems that Microsoft's Office Android apps can now be downloaded on a broader selection of Chromebooks. For more people, the first time they've been able to use these apps on their Chromebooks at all, ever.
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Previous year when Android app support arrived on the Acer Chromebook R11 and Asus Chromebook Flip in the form of beta access to the Google Play Store, it was widely believed that all Play Store-supported Chromebooks would also be able to run Android apps. Users of the Samsung Chromebook Pro, Acer Chromebook 15, and Acer C771 have all reported seeing the app available for their devices.
Microsoft is doing its part to unify the Chromebook experience by bringing its entire Office suite to the affordable Windows alternative. Also, it was frustrating for some Chromebook users as sometimes the apps would show up, but soon disappear without warning, notes Android Authority. More details about what features the subscription unlocks can be found here. The ability to run Android apps was already the biggest strength of the Chrome OS, now the addition of the missing apps makes the OS even more competitive. Editing without a subscription to Office 365 on devices with a 10.1-inch display or smaller is limited, however. Having Office available as an on-device app could convince Chromebook education users to stick with the Microsoft software after they move away from Windows. But the majority of Chromebook owners will want a personal subscription that includes a PC or Mac, a tablet and a phone for $69.99 per year (it's unclear what a Chromebook will be classified as).