Microsoft Word: My Chromecast’s lower case missing piece

Microsoft Word: My Chromecast’s lower case missing piece

Mar 5, 2018

The Chromebook, as a daily driver, has certainly gown on me.

No mystery there. There isn’t much to dislike. It has all the charm of a web machine, plus the power of Google’s ecosystem behind it. It has all but retired the laptop, as I can mostly manage with it comfortably wherever there’s safe internet access. Even if I have to do heavy lifting, I can always tunnel in via Chrome Remote Desktop; as an added bonus, since it is a touchscreen device, I can interact with Windows remotely by touching the screen.

I could go on and on, but you can tell, I like Chrome OS.

With Google Play access — and I picked up an Acer machine that got that feature relatively early — I also get a whole lot of apps that extend my Chromebook’s functionality. Hold up though… shortly after, we found out that MS Office, the app I coveted the most, wasn’t available for Chromebooks, ostensibly because of its screen size.

This was bad. You see, I do use Google Docs a lot, and dig its usability. Still, I came of computer age in the late Nineties and early Aughts, and I respect the right of monopolies to crash the party early. All hail first to market, and give me Microsoft Word!

Sigh.

At least I can still access my desktop remotely. Even when pouting.

Whining aside, this was a major piece for me. I don’t enjoy Office 360, and I already have a machine side loaded with Linux. I wanted to eat my Chrome OS cake and have it too. I get that Microsoft Office on what is, in essence, a Surface competitor might not make sense from an MS point of view, but what about ME?

But what do you know? Is Microsoft reaffirming its drive to be on every device versus creating all the hardware? Don’t know, and frankly, i don’t really care. What matters is that Android Office suite is again available to the Chromebook.

All is right in my mobile world.

Tre Lawrence
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