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Google is currently beta testing Android apps running on its Chrome OS with a few Chromebooks, such as its own Pixel, the Acer Chromebook R11 and the ASUS Flip. This week, some people who own the Flip claimed they were blocked from downloading Microsoft’s suite of Office apps for Android. However, Microsoft said in an official statement it does plan to allow access to the Office Android apps for Chrome OS users when it becomes officially available sometime in late 2016.
9to5Google received this statement from a Microsoft spokesperson:
Our strategy has not changed. Office for Android is supported on Chrome OS devices via the Google Play Store. While Google Play on Chrome OS is in beta, we are partnering with Google to deliver the best experience for Chromebook users and plan to make the apps available on all compatible devices by general availability.
So if your Chromebook can’t currently run those Android apps, it should be able to when the Chrome OS-Android beta period is over. One thing to note is that, per Microsoft’s own rules, any device that has a screen that’s bigger than 10.1 inches will limit the features of those Office apps for free. Users won’t be able to create, edit or print any files or documents from those apps unless they purchase an Office 365 subscription from Microsoft.