During the demo at Google I/O, presenters showed off Microsoft Word to illustrate how a Chromebook could be just like a traditional PC. In fact, I couldn’t help but think during the event that Google had just invented…Windows.
While you’d think this would be very bad for Microsoft, that may not be the case. Microsoft is all about selling those Office 365 licenses, and if Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote perform well, then Chrome could be a great platform on which Microsoft can peddle its wares. How times have changed.
A Microsoft spokesperson told PCWorld, “With the Google Play Store coming to Chromebooks, Office 365 subscribers will be able to use Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and others to be productive wherever they go with their Chromebooks or tablets. Our joint customers will enjoy the flexibility, power, and familiarity of Office with a look and feel they’re used to on their Google devices.”