Microsoft has reportedly discontinued support for its Office applications on Chromebook. A new report says the company wants Chromebook users to switch to web versions of these apps. This decision will be incorporated in mid-September and although the applications are no longer supported by Microsoft, they will continue to function. Chromebook users can download Microsoft’s Office apps from the Google Play Store and use all of their features, although the web experience with the Microsoft 365 service provides more features.
According to a e-mail declaration cited by TechCrunch, Microsoft said that starting September 18, Microsoft apps will transition to web experiences for Chromebook users. This means that after September 18, Microsoft will stop supporting Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook, so they will no longer be updated or optimized. Instead, Microsoft wants Chromebook users to switch to web versions of these apps for “the most optimized experience.”
The statement reads: “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 “.
With the web experience, Microsoft wants Chromebook users to switch to the Microsoft 365 service, which offers additional functionality over individual apps. TechCrunch also points out that the web approach is better optimized for screens that are larger than apps. It also states that mobiles and tablets will continue to be supported with Office apps.
Additionally, Chromebook users can continue to use Office apps until September 18 and beyond, although they are no longer supported by Microsoft. This means that they will not receive any future updates or new features.
Microsoft also has shared stages to use Office on a Chromebook via the web. You will need a Microsoft account or any account associated with your Microsoft 365 subscription.