How to install Excel for Android on a Chromebook (for now)

Months after it was first reported, it appears Microsoft is fixing the Excel for Android incompatibility issues on Chromebooks. The long term fix is rolling out now but if you can’t wait, here’s a short term solution.

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Why is the Android version of Microsoft Excel not compatible with Chromebooks? (Updated)

The Android version of Excel can’t be installed on a range of Chromebook models, including my Pixelbook. This situation has been going on for nine months, which is nearly nine months too long.

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Google Pixelbook $250 off for back to school sale, students can save 10% more (Update: No student discount)

The on-again, off-again sale on Google’s Pixelbook is on-again. Through September 3, the base Pixelbook is available direct from Google Store for $749. There’s also a 10% student discount if you qualify.

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New Chrome OS update brings Smart Text Selection, Continue Reading and more to Dev Channel

On Tuesday, the Chrome OS Dev Channel was updated to versionĀ 69.0.3497.21, bringing with it some borrowed features from Android as well as additional stability to Project Crostini and Linux apps. Here’s what’s new.

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Good for enterprises: Chromebooks to get Android’s Always-on VPN feature

A future version of Chrome OS will be able to use Android’s Always-on VPN feature, automatically helping to secure a Chromebook accessing public Wi-Fi hotspots; essentially a must for enterprise workers.

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Proposed API would bring notification badges to Android and web apps on Chromebooks

To make Chrome OS and PWAs display more similarly to native or mobile apps, the Chromium team has proposed a new API that adds notification badges to Android and web apps on Chrome OS devices.

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Chromebooks to use fingerprints, four wireless proximity ranges for Easy Unlock in “Better Together”

An enhanced Easy Unlock feature is coming to Chromebooks as part of the multi-device “Better Together” feature. Not only will it support Bluetooth with four proximity levels, but also fingerprints.

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Android app shortcuts arrive on Chrome OS

Google has added long-press app shortcuts to Android apps on the Chrome OS Dev Channel. These behave just as they do on an Android phone: A tap and hold brings up contextual shortcuts.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 appears on Staples site for purchase

Although it’s currently showing as “out of stock”, Staples has the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 on its store website for $339, or $10 over the MSRP. Could we see retail inventory in stores to follow?

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Google Duo comes to Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and HP Chromebook X2

You can now install Google Duo for voice and video chats on the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and HP Chromebook X2, even though neither device has a dedicated phone number. Here’s hoping other Chromebooks follow.

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Android Messages for web works great on a Chromebook

While you can use the new Android Messages for web on any supported browser, it obviously works well on a Chromebook too. Setup is simple using a browser and the recently updated Android Messages app.

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