Microsoft Office for Chromebooks is Now Available

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.

Microsoft Office for Chromebooks is Now Available

Original Article Appeared 11/28/2017

How to Switch From a PC to a Chromebook

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.

How to Switch From a PC to a Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 11/16/2017

Dictation is Coming to Chromebooks

Dictation is Coming to Chromebooks

Dictation seems to be landing as an accessibility feature. Here is the description from the code change request:

Support dictation on Chrome OS (initial version/prototype)

– bound to ctrl+alt+s
– each invokation triggers a new dictation session
– sound icon prompts for user to start dictating
– silence triggers dictation completion and recognition result

Dictation is Coming to Chromebooks

Original Article Appeared 11/23/2017

5 Great Ways to Edit Video on Your 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.

But most people don’t need Photoshop or Premiere, even if they are using those programs on a Windows or macOS computer. And when you look at the alternatives that have the features a basic user needs, Chromebooks are starting to look better every day. We’ve mentioned that Polarr is an awesome photo editor for your Chromebook that can do more than most people will ever need, and now we’ve got five easy ways to edit your videos.

None of them are as feature-rich as Premiere, but every one of them stacks up against iMovie or even Final Cut ProX quite nicely. Have a look!

5 Great Ways to Edit Video on Your Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 11/23/2017

Chromebooks & Chrome OS Deserve Some Credit

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.

Chromebooks & Chrome OS Deserve Some Credit

Original Article Appeared 11/17/2017

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

Awesome Android Apps for Chromebooks

Original Article Appeared 11/14/2017

Chromebook Lock Screen Note Taking Draws Near

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.

Chromebook Lock Screen Note Taking Draws Near

Original Article Appeared 11/02/2017

40 Chromebook Tips for Maximum Productivity

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.

40 Chromebook Tips for Maximum Productivity

Original Article Appeared 11/16/2017

How to Use a Chromebook and Make it Useful

How to Use a Chromebook and Make it Useful

In this video I show how I use my Chromebook to make my videos, lessons, installing apps within my Google Accounts, and MORE!

How to Use a Chromebook and Make it Useful

Original Article / Video Appeared 03/04/2017

6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook

6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook

Using Android Apps on a Chromebook
Why Android Apps on Chromebooks
How to Install Android Apps on a Chromebook
6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook
Tips for Using Android Apps on a Chromebook

1. Google Classroom
2. Google Keep
3. Google Expeditions
4. Google Calendar
5. Sketchbook – Draw and Paint (by Autodesk)
6. Squid – Take Notes and Markup PDF’s

6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 9/5/2017