Office 365 will come to Chrome OS
It has been 5 years since the announcement of Microsoft Office 365. Since then, Microsoft has been offering different monthly or yearly plans for people who want to use the apps within the Office ecosystem. On the other hand, it has been 2 years since Microsoft started to offer Office on Android and iOS for free, with some limitations, of course. Their limitation was that you could use the Office on mobile devices without paying anything, but if the device you were using had a bigger display than 10.1-inch, then you would need Office 365 subscription. After 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Microsoft is thinking about applying this restriction to the Chrome OS users as well.
To start with, it does not mean you are going to be required to have Office 365 subscription for every single Chrome Book. The limitation only applies for the models with displays larger than 10-inch. Even though you will be able to install Microsoft Office and view your documents on every ChromeBook, if you want to create, edit or print, you will be asked to subscribe to Microsoft’s ecosystem.
With this act, Microsoft is neither making changes in their Office ecosystem nor being unfair to the ChromeBook Users. This limitations have been applied for nearly every 10-inch mobile devices including the big iPad Pro.
In terms of price though, Microsoft’s current personal plan costs $5.99 per month, or $59.99 a year while the home plan is priced at $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year.