Since 2017, Microsoft has offered its Workplace suite to Chromebook customers by way of the Google Play retailer, however that’s set to come back to an finish in just a few brief weeks.
As of September 18, Microsoft is discontinuing assist for Workplace (which incorporates Phrase, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook) on Chromebook. Microsoft is just not, nonetheless, abandoning the favored cellular gadget altogether. As a substitute of an app that’s downloaded, Microsoft is encouraging customers to go to the online as an alternative.
“In an effort to offer probably the most optimized expertise for Chromebook clients, Microsoft apps (Workplace and Outlook) might be transitioned to net experiences (Workplace.com and Outlook.com) on September 18, 2021,” Microsoft wrote in an announcement emailed to TechCrunch.
Microsoft’s assertion additionally famous that “this transition brings Chromebook clients entry to further and premium options.”
The Microsoft net expertise will serve to transition its base of Chromebook customers to the Microsoft 365 service, which gives extra Workplace templates and customarily extra performance than what the app-based strategy gives. The net strategy can also be extra optimized for bigger screens than the app.
By way of how Microsoft desires Chromebook customers to get entry to Workplace and Outlook, the plan is for purchasers to, “…sign up with their private Microsoft Account or account related to their Microsoft 365 subscription,” in accordance with the assertion. Microsoft has additionally supplied online documentation to point out customers easy methods to run Workplace on a Chromebook.
Chromebooks run on Google’s Chrome OS, which is a Linux-based working system. Chromebooks additionally allow Android apps to run, as Android can also be Linux based mostly, with apps downloaded from Google Play. It’s essential to notice that whereas assist for Chromebooks goes away, Microsoft is just not abandoning different Android-based cellular units, similar to tablets and smartphones.
For these Chromebook customers which have already downloaded the Microsoft Workplace apps, the apps will proceed to perform after September 18, although they won’t obtain any assist or future updates.