Microsoft is shutting down the Office app for Chromebooks
Microsoft applications (Office and Outlook) will be moved to Web experiences (Office.com and Outlook.com)
Do you use Chrome OS for laptops? So today we have bad news for you. Microsoft will no longer support Office apps for Android on Chrome OS.
This was confirmed by a Microsoft spokesperson about Chromebooks. Specifically, Microsoft stated the following:
“In an effort to provide the best experience for Chrome OS / Chromebook customers, Microsoft apps (Office and Outlook) will be ported to web experiences (Office.com and Outlook.com) on September 18, 2021. This transition gives Chrome OS customers access to Chromebook features Additional and Premium Customers will need to sign in with their personal Microsoft account or the account associated with their Microsoft 365 subscription.
Looking at this statement, it’s clear that Microsoft wants Chrome OS users to switch to Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) from Office.
Google recently managed to make Chromebook laptops a viable option for users who want a basic and affordable option. Chrome OS, the operating system that brings it to life, is based on Linux and uses the Google Chrome web browser as the main source for all kinds of tasks.
Since “traditional” software cannot be installed on Chromebooks, Google has provided the system with the ability to run Android apps. This is what Office users who needed to work on Chrome OS did, but could no longer install Office applications.
However, many Android apps in Chrome OS do not work well. The problem is obvious: apps designed specifically for mobile phones run on laptops. In this sense, Google’s M Apps has also started to pull some of its own apps to turn them into Progressive Apps (PWAs).