Microsoft Office apps will soon no longer work on Chromebook

Microsoft will no longer support the applications of the Office suite on Chromebook from September 18, 2021. It will now be necessary to go through Office on the web to continue to use these services ...

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Microsoft is currently rolling out a small sidebar to users of Office apps on Chrome OS, announcing the end of their support and updates. The company has indeed declared that these applications will no longer be usable from September 18, 2021.

The message displayed when opening Office applications on Chrome OS. @ littvay via Twitter

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Of course, Microsoft is not completely abandoning Office, which will remain available as a web version. The firm also invites a transition of applications to online use on for a "better experience", ultimately bringing together more or less the same document editing features.

The major difference is that to use most of the online Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and OneDrive) and access your documents, you must be connected to the Internet. However, Office applications on Chromebook allowed offline access which was very practical in certain situations.

The site. © Microsoft

That being said, we shouldn't completely throw the stone at Microsoft, as some apps are sometimes poorly optimized for Chromebooks and tablets. Google itself has already removed some of its apps from the Play Store in the past for a switch to web versions.

Hopefully Microsoft will have something planned to remedy the situation, otherwise you may have to fall back on other services (like Google Docs and Sheets) to be able to work on documents offline.

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