Microsoft is dropping its support for Android-based Office apps on Chromebooks and will require people to use its Windows web apps instead…
Microsoft is practically synonymous with proprietary. Although the company does put its services on third-party and competitor platforms, the software behemoth continues to push its own products in practically any way it can. Beginning Saturday, September 18th, Microsoft will end its support of Office and Outlook Android apps on Chrome OS. At that time, Chromebook owners will have to move over to Windows web apps.
Microsoft Ending Support for Android Office Apps on Chromebooks in Favor of Windows Web Apps
Microsoft subtly updated its support page, changing the instructions to install Android apps from the Google Play Store on Chromebooks to run Office and Outlook programs to navigating over to its own websites. (Namely, www.office.com and www.outlook.com.) Meaning, anyone who’s installed the Android versions of any Office or Outlook apps on their Chromebook won’t be able to run the applications after the deadline.
Of course, this could cause a problem for offline situations. But, since most Chromebooks rely on an internet connection for nearly all use cases, it shouldn’t be that big an issue. However, this move is a bit odd, given Microsoft is boasting about its support for running Android apps with the introduction of Windows 11.