As you know, Chrome OS is a different operating system from your regular Windows, and you can’t install Windows applications on it. So if you have the needs to use Microsoft Office Suite on your Chromebook, you won’t be able to install the Microsoft Office software, but there are ways to get around it.
Here’s how you can run Microsoft Office on your Chromebook for free.
Via Microsoft Office Android Apps
Most, if not all, recent Chromebooks come with Android app support, which means you can run Android apps on Chromebook. This is now the easiest method to get MS Office running on your Chromebook. Simply visit the Google Play Store and download the Office apps available for Chromebooks and Android.
This option should be a stroll in the park if you are conversant with the Play Store. Follow these simple steps to help you if this is your first time.
1. Open the Google Play Store.
2. Click in the search bar and type the name of the Office program you need.
3. Select the program.
4. Click install.
5. After the download is complete, open the app in the Chrome launcher.
6. Log into your existing Microsoft Account. You may decide to log into your subscription account for Office 365.
Here are a few links to help you save time:
Using Microsoft Office Online
Not every Chromebook allows you to download Office apps. All hope is not lost, as using Microsoft Office Online makes this possible. Using this online version, you have access to editing and can work on as well as share Office files within your browser directly. The only con of this is that you need to have an Internet connection before MS Office can work on your Chromebook.
Even though this gives you an alternative to Google Drive, it isn’t really ideal. However, you can enjoy using Microsoft Office on Chromebook even without the Google Play Store. Also, you may not have access to all the features that you enjoy on Mac or Windows. Then again, Chromebook was never meant to work like those.
So if your Chromebook is not Android-enabled, there’s no need to fret. This second method is perfect for you. This is one of the amazing features you will enjoy about using MS Office on Chromebooks. You can, in fact, work on the same files across devices. Isn’t that beautiful?
Even though Chromebooks are under the Google ecosystem, you don’t have to lose all your control to Google. You should still have access to every app you consider a favorite. These are some of the apps you can enjoy working with online with Microsoft Office:
- Excel online
- One drive
- OneNote online
- PowerPoint online
- Microsoft sway
- Word online
Using Microsoft Office for Chromebook is quite straightforward. You can run either the Android apps or the online version. Both will work fine, albeit with some limitations. You can also check out our guide on running other Windows apps on Chromebook.