Chromebook support discontinued for the Android Office app
Microsoft is making a major change. Next month, support for Chromebooks for Office Android apps will end. It is an unfortunate decision and it is no longer a rumor. There is no formal and official announcement yet but a company representative has confirmed it. The current version of the Office for Chromebook app will no longer be updated or supported. The message has been circulating for some time and now we have an answer. A transition will take place in September. Chromebook support for Android Office apps will no longer be available. You can access Office on the web instead.
The web will be the only way for you to use Microsoft’s productivity suite on a Chromebook. Here is what the Microsoft representative said:
“In an effort to provide the most optimized experience for Chrome OS / Chromebook customers, Microsoft applications (Office and Outlook) will move to web experiences (Office.com and Outlook.com) on September 18, 2021. This transition brings Chrome OS / Chromebook customers get access to additional and premium features. Customers will need to sign in with their personal Microsoft account or an account associated with their Microsoft 365 subscription. More information is available here. “
Note that Office on Android will not be discontinued. The sequel will still be available on Android devices. Microsoft 365 will continue to work for Android phones and tablets, especially as millions of people use the apps.
Microsoft no longer has to spend time updating and further developing Office apps for Chromebook. The latter is usually available in different sizes, so it can be difficult for an application to accommodate all sizes. What can easily work are web applications which are generally responsive and scalable.