Microsoft Office apparently available now for Chromebook users

Microsoft has been developing an Android Chromebook version of its do-everything Office suite of programs for about a year now. However, instead of trumpeting the completion of the porting process, it appears Microsoft is content to quietly release the program to all users, effective immediately.

The app is now available from the Google Play Store, according to Chrome Unboxed. and is free to any device with a screen size less than 10.1 inches, such as the Chromebook Flip from Asus. Microsoft has been working to make the Android version available to all Chrome OS users, and it appears they have succeeded. Users of the Samsung Chromebook Pro, Acer Chromebook 15, and Acer C771 have all reported seeing the app available for their devices.

Chromebook users with larger screens can still get Microsoft Office 365, but will need a subscription to do it. That falls in line with current Microsoft policy of allowing tablet-size devices to run it for free, but forcing users with larger units to pony up some cash to be able to fully unlock the app to create, edit and print documents.

We've reached out to Microsoft to get confirmation and more details. In the meantime, if you have Chromebook, go grab the apps and give them a try.

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