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Microsoft is discontinuing support for its Android Office apps on Chromebooks


26. August 2021 –
Microsoft will end support for Office and Outlook Android apps on Chrome OS in September. Chromebook users should use the web apps instead.

Microsoft has decided to end support for Office and Outlook Android apps on Chrome OS on September 18. Chromebook owners who want to use Microsoft Office will then have to use web apps on Office.com. Microsoft has confirmed this to the “Aboutchromebooks” platform. It is unclear whether the Android Office apps, which have been available for Chrome OS since the end of 2017, will refuse their service from September 18, or will simply no longer be offered.

Using the Office Web Apps instead of the native apps has the disadvantage for Chromebook owners that offline access or offline editing of documents is restricted. As to why Microsoft no longer provides Office for Android on Chromebooks, one can only speculate. Compared to “Aboutchromebooks” the group speaks of efforts to want to offer Chrome OS customers the best possible office experience, which is the case via web applications. The Office applications remain available for Android smartphones as usual. (mw)

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