Beginning in September, Microsoft will now not help its native Android Workplace apps on Chromebooks. As an alternative, Microsoft might be advising these customers to make use of its web-based Workplace.com and Outlook.com apps beginning September 18.
Microsoft will proceed to supply native Workplace apps for different Android platforms past this date. That is only a Chrome OS limitation being imposed by Microsoft, as famous by Kevin Tofel on the AboutChromebooks.com web site on August 25. To make use of the web-based apps, Chromebook customers will both must register with their private Microsoft Account (MSA) or an account related to a Microsoft 365/Workplace 365 subscription.
Tofel famous that as reported by Home windows United, some Chromebook customers had been listening to about Microsoft’s plan to maneuver them to the Net variations of its apps courting again to June this 12 months.
Round August 13, Microsoft up to date its Assist web page on “Learn how to set up and run Microsoft Workplace on a Chromebook” to replicate the approaching change. That web page now says “The Android variations of Workplace, Outlook, OneNote and OneDrive should not at the moment supported on a Chromebook.” The newly up to date web page advices Chromebook customers to go to workplace.com to entry Phrase, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and OneDrive. (Because of @teroalhonen for the pointer on the help web page change.)
Earlier than final week, this similar Assist web page suggested Chromebook customers to put in the native Android variations of the Workplace apps from the Google Play Retailer.
Microsoft’s solely public “clarification for this variation is the net variations of the apps “present(s) probably the most optimized expertise for Chrome OS/Chromebook prospects.” I personally wonder if that is merely one more “Chrome compete” try by Microsoft.