This being the year that Chrome OS has finally gone from being an experiment to become an operating system to consider. The low price of the Chromebook has made in the United States overtake Apple in sales of devices for the educational field, while since June its users have been able to start using Android apps natively.
Microsoft has just become one of the first to move chips against Chrome OS trying to draw a line between Android phones and laptops capable of using their applications. It has done preventing you can download the Office application in Chromebooks through Google Play, and announcing that will have to pay to use their suite in them.
It all started earlier this week when some users reported on Reddit that from one day to another Office was no longer available in the Android app store your Chromebook. As echoed 9to5Google yes it will relocate its application available, although with some buts.
It has done so with statements whose positive part is that Redmond recalled that Google Play is still in beta for Chrome OS, and are working with Google “to offer the best experience to users Chromebook and plan availability Applications on all devices compatible with general availability”.
There is no freemium for Chrome OS
But the downside comes when talking about the freemium model with which users of Android and iOS can enjoy some of the basic features of Office without paying a subscription in Office 365.
“In older devices 10.1″ Office 365 subscription is required to unlock the ability to create, edit or print documents,” said Microsoft. Therefore, on devices with higher than 10.1-inch screens will not be able Use the freemium mode of the Office Android application, something that directly affects users of Chrome OS.