Can you use a Microsoft office on a Chromebook?

Can you use a Microsoft office on a Chromebook?

Yes, it is possible to have MS office in a Chromebook.  Chromebook has the ability to run Microsoft office. However there is a difference between a Microsoft office installation package used in a Windows PC and a Microsoft office package used in Chromebooks.  To fully understand the difference between the two, one needs to understand the two types of computers. The main difference between the two computers lies on their operating systems. The windows PC runs on Windows operating system while a Chromebook runs on a Chrome operating system. This could be a roadblock for people who have just bought a new Chromebook. This occurs when they are trying to install the same package of Microsoft office that they were using on their windows PC.

Installing Microsoft office from the PlayStore

In order to install Microsoft office in a Chromebook one needs to open the Play Store and search for the specific app that they need to install. The Microsoft apps in this case do not come as a package the same way they do in the windows version. Every app is available independently, this includes Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Online version of Microsoft office for Chromebook

For people who do not want to install the Microsoft Office applications (maybe because of storage issues). There is another method to have MS office in a Chromebook. This method does not need installation, all the user needs to do is have access to a browser. There is an online version that you can use to work on and edit Microsoft Office files. You only need to be connected to the internet to log on and access the online applications.

For the technical people, there is another way to run Microsoft office on a Chromebook. It involves streaming Microsoft office from your PC to the Chromebook. One of the reasons why one would want to stream Microsoft Office on Chromebook is because the Chromebook versions do not have all the features that are available on Windows computers. Some people might prefer having a version that has access to all the features hence the need to have the complete version. Another reason for streaming could be access to documents that had been saved on a windows computer. The online version can also be accessed on windows PCs. it is recommendable if you don’t have a PC that can run office

Streaming Microsoft office to a Chromebook

There are a few things that one needs in order to successfully stream MS office to a Chromebook. First one needs a properly functioning Chromebook and a windows PC.  The windows PC needs to have Microsoft Office installed on it and also have a good internet connection. Below are the steps you need to take to stream

  1. Have the chrome browser in your windows PC open
  2. Go to the Chrome remote desktop website and set up the remote desktop extension.
  3. Name your computer in the original tab, create a pin that can be used to verify access on your Chromebook
  4. Log into your PC on your Chromebook using the pin you created
  5. Use Microsoft office or any other application you would like to use on your Windows PC

This method can also be used for Windows PC, check out the best laptops that can run MS office

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