Microsoft's Office apps for Android bring offline Word, Excel, and PowerPoint functionality to Chromebooks.
Android's app ecosystem puts Chrome's app efforts to shame
Android apps catapult Chrome OS beyond being "just the web" and open up Chromebooks to far more functionality. While Microsoft is still desperately trying to build out the Windows Store and its Universal Windows Platform, Google just gave Chrome OS access to one of the biggest mobile-app universes.
This is huge news for Chrome OS. So many limits have now been blown past. For example, Chromebooks now have access to a full Skype application that supports video and phone calls, unlike Skype for Web. Chromebooks can now use Microsoft's Office applications entirely offline, something Microsoft's Office Online has never allowed. Chromebooks gain access to a large number of games that have never bothered with a web-based complement, such as Minecraft and Blizzard's Hearthstone. Indeed, any services and games that have poor web apps-or no web apps at all-offer Android apps that can now fill the gap. Chrome OS now has a larger software ecosystem and will be a stronger competitor to Windows in the future.
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