Microsoft is phasing out support for its Office apps on the Chromebook. A new report says the company wants Chromebook users to transition 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 Office apps from the Google Play Store and use all its features, although the web experience with the Microsoft 365 service provides more functionality.
According to an email statement cited by TechCrunch, Microsoft said that starting September 18, Microsoft apps will be ported to web experiences for Chromebook users. This means that after September 18, Microsoft will no longer support Office applications such as 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 be ported to web experiences (Office.com and Outlook.com) on September 18, 2021 ”.
With the web experience, Microsoft wants Chromebook users to migrate to the Microsoft 365 service, which provides additional functionality in individual apps. TechCrunch also points out that the Web approach is better optimized for screens larger than apps. He also says that phones and tablets will continue to support Office apps.
In addition, Chromebook users can continue to use Office apps until Sept. 18 and beyond, even though they are no longer supported by Microsoft. This means they will not receive future updates or new features.
Microsoft also shared steps for using Office on Chromebooks via the web. You will need a Microsoft account or any account associated with your Microsoft 365 subscription.