San Francisco: Microsoft would stop supporting Office, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook, for Chromebook users starting September 18.
According to TechCrunch, the tech giant isn’t completely abandoning the popular mobile device. Instead of a downloaded app, Microsoft encourages users to go to the web instead.
Since 2017, Microsoft has offered its Office suite to Chromebook users through the Google Play store.
“In an effort to provide the most optimized experience for Chromebook customers, Microsoft applications (Office and Outlook) will move to web experiences (Office.com and Outlook.com) on September 18, 2021,” Microsoft said in a communicated. e-mail declaration by technical website.
Microsoft’s statement also noted that “this transition allows Chromebook customers to access additional and premium features.”
Microsoft’s web experience will be used to shift its user base from Chromebook to the Microsoft 365 service, which provides more Office templates and generally more functionality than what the app-based approach provides.
The web-based approach is also more optimized for screens larger than the app, according to the report.
As for how Microsoft wants Chromebook users to have access to Office and Outlook, the plan is for customers to “sign in with their personal Microsoft account or an account associated with their Microsoft 365 subscription,” according to the communicated.
Chromebooks run on Google’s Chrome OS, which is a Linux-based operating system. Chromebooks also allow Android apps to work, as Android is also Linux-based, with apps downloaded from Google Play, according to the report.
It’s important to note that while support for Chromebooks is waning, Microsoft is not giving up on other Android-based mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, he added.