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Microsoft Office for Chromebooks is Now Available

Chromebooks that support Android apps can now install Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote from the Play Store.

Android app support for Chromebooks has been under development for a couple of years now. With the latest Chrome OS update, apps from the Play Store have finally hit the mainstream for Chromebooks. If you have a Chromebook that supports Android apps, you can install apps from the Play Store just like you would on an Android tablet or smartphone. It’s confirmed that this now includes the Microsoft Office applications for Android.

Read on for the details.

How to Switch From a PC to a Chromebook

Chromebooks are known for being inexpensive and lasting a long time on a charge. But switching to a Chromebook from a Windows PC doesn’t happen without some effort. The cloud-based notebooks are lean and fast, they rely almost entirely on the browser, and you can’t use them for non-Android games. However, new models such as the Google Pixelbook 2 are nimble enough to help you stay super productive.

Google Docs and Gmail are just the start. Here’s how to get up to speed quickly with a quirky new Chromebook.

5 Great Ways to Edit Video on Your Chromebook

It’s better (and easier) than you thought it was.

One of the biggest criticisms of a Chromebook is the lack of good programs for content creation. Any time you read an article on the internet about using a Chromebook, inevitably someone in the comments will mention Photoshop or Adobe Premiere as the reason they can’t use one, and they might be right. If you absolutely need Photoshop or Premiere and all the features they come with, you can’t expect to do it on a Chromebook without a lot of fuss.

Chromebooks & Chrome OS Deserve Some Credit

For the past year, much of the attention and focus around Chromebooks has been aimed at the addition of the Google Play Store and Android app compatibility. Rightfully so, this addition could eventually lead to Chromebooks with much more flexibility and power than they currently have.

In the search for more and more capability and legitimacy, however, I (and probably a lot of others) forgot about some of the core things Chromebooks – and Chrome OS by extension – are simply fantastic at.

Awesome Android Apps for Chromebooks

Awesome Android Apps for Chromebooks
Certainly there is no definitive list that everyone would agree on. However, there are a lot of excellent Android apps that would provide benefit to students on Chromebooks in a school setting.
General Apps
Art and Creativity Apps
Note Taking Apps
Math and Science Apps
Photo and Video Apps

Chromebook Lock Screen Note Taking Draws Near

When the Pixelbook debuted last month, one of the new, unique features was the ability to take a note directly from the lock screen. While the feature has been in the works for some time, this was the first time we saw it in action.

Until now this feature was exclusive to the Pixelbook. Recent reports from XDA, however, spotted the lock screen note taking in the Developer channel of Chrome OS and some of our own readers have confirmed the ability on devices like the Samsung Chromebook Plus.

40 Chromebook Tips for Maximum Productivity

Chromebooks may be all about simplicity, but don’t be fooled: Beneath their intuitive outer layer lies a web of advanced options. And you don’t have to be a power user to embrace it.

Make your way through these 40 tips, and you’ll be zipping around Chrome OS like a pro in no time.