Comparison of Android Office Suites on Chrome OS

Published by Lamin Kanteh on

office suites for chrome OS

It is no doubt that office suites are the primary methods poeple use to make and share documents. Be it a standard word doc or spreadsheet, every school paper, blog post, or company form, requires a word processor of some sort to input data before it can be shared or stored either online or locally.

Most big platforms like Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS, or even Google’s Chrome OS are usually tethered with their very own companion proprietary office suite where their respective users can write their favorite stories, company reports, etc.

Despite each variation claiming superiority over the other, different office apps offer near identical set of features with the difference only apparent to those looking for a particular set of tools.

Depending on what you the need the suite for, the tools on offer are either overkill — if you are only writing a simple document — or limited — if you are into more advanced stuff.

This has led to people looking for alternatives usually doing away with the bundled office software that comes with their favorite platform.

To help in your decision making on which productivity tool best suits your line of work, here are some of the most-refined programs available.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft’s proprietary Office suite of apps has become an industry standard for document creation. Sold as a standalone program or bundled with the company’s office suite called office.

Additionally, there are several variations of the program with both a mobile app and a web version with limited features available as well.

Word caters support for several file formats including doc/docx, hwp, ppt/pptx, txt, xls/xlsx and is a paid software with multiple tiers.

Polaris Office

Polaris office is a multi-platform free office suite that Chromebook users can access if their devices support Android apps.

The app can synchronize across all your devices and supports several cloud services like DropBox, Drive, and OneDrive. A feature that allows you to access your files almost anywhere.

The program supports almost any doc format and can open PDF files as well.

OfficeSuite

Another office that Chrome OS users can get via the Play Store. Created and distributed by MobiSystems, the program supports almost all the major doc formats and can open PDF files as well.

The program tries to stray a little bit away from conventional word processors with additional capabilities for PDF file formats.

WPS Office

WPS office is one of the functional office apps available in the Play Store — the app is available on other platforms like LInux as well.

The app comes with three office-centric components that includes a writer, presentation and spreadsheet.

WPS Office’s user interface is intuitive and supports several file formats including doc, docx, xls, xlsx, etc.), HTML, RTF, XML, PDF.

Quip

Quip is an office suite of apps (word processor, chat, and spreadsheet) that is well suited in an office setting where collaboration is paramount.

Currently only available on Android, the app allows you to edit docs with your office co-workers, take notes in the office and edit them from your phone, collaborative task lists support real time checklists, and so much more.

Import your docs from major cloud service providers like Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Box, Google Docs, and more and you can export docs to PDF and Microsoft Word.

Docs to Go

Don’t let the apps minimalistic design language fool you as the program works better than most high ranked offerings and does great job at being an office suite.

If you are Chromebook user and is on the lookout for something simple yet functional, that can view and edit office file formats from 97 to 2016, then Docs to Go should be a no brainer.

The app allows you to view the changes you’ve previously made to documents and though it is free to use is, additional  options like desktop file sync, connecting to multiple cloud storage accounts, and opening password-protected files are available only via in-app purchase.

SmartOffice

If you looking for a light-weight free-to-use app that has almost all the bells and whistles that MS office offers? Look no further than Smartoffice.

The app allows cloud storage for your created documents and you can add password protection to you files.

Additionally, the app allows conversion from normal document formats to PDF and major image formats like PNG, JPEG, ect are all supported.

Google Office Suite

Google’s collection of office productivity apps includes docs, sheets, and slides all of which comes with both web and Android apps variants for Chromebooks.

You can write, edit and share files in several formats and the application allows users to create and edit files online while collaborating with other users in real-time. These edits can be tracked by the user with a revision history presenting changes made.

The app also has a persmission system that regulates what each invited user can do on your document.

Comparison table

AppPlatform(s)Paid/FreeSupported File Formats
MS OfficeCross platformPaid.doc ..docx XML
Polaris OfficeCross platformBoth.doc ..docx XML, PDF
OfficeSuiteCross platformBoth.doc ..docx XML
WPS OfficeCross platformBoth.doc ..docx XML, PDF
QuipAndroidFree
Docs to GoAndroidFree.doc ..docx XML
SmartOfficeAndroidFree.doc ..docx XML
Google Office SuiteCross platform Free.doc ..docx XML,docx, .docm .dot, .dotx, .dotm, .html, plain text (.txt), .rtf, .odt.

Lamin Kanteh

I live, breath, and dream technology. I've only known myself to push the boundaries on what's possible in my mental scope in relation to technology. And having been a writer for the good part of the past three years (covering varying subjects on the major mobile platforms), No place has ever felt more like home than Chrome OS. And as you may know, Chrome OS is ushering us into a future of the unknown and I'm here to help in the process of easing the way into that future via ItsChromeOS.

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