If you are looking for a way to work with documents locally on your Chromebook, Collabora Office finally makes that a reality.
If you’re a Chromebook user, you’re well aware that the myths your device of choice can’t function without a network connection simply aren’t true; however, that functionality doesn’t always work as expected. For instance, you might forget to make a document or spreadsheet available offline, which means you’re out of luck when you’re offline. So when a full-blown office suite comes along–one that doesn’t require a cloud service or network connection to function–you jump on it.
That time has come. Thanks to Collabora Office Suite, fans of the Chromebook device can enjoy an office suite on their laptops that functions locally, as you’ve come to expect from such a tool. I’ll walk you through the process of installing Collabora on your Chromebook.
SEE: Tips for becoming a Chromebook expert (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
What you need to install Collabora Office on your Chromebook
The only thing needed to install Collabora Office is a Chromebook that supports the installation of applications from the Google Play Store. Considering Android app support was added to ChromeOS a few years back, chances are pretty good your device supports this action.
How to enable Google Play Apps
The first thing you must do is enable the installation of Google Play Apps. To do that, open the Settings application, scroll down to the Apps section at the bottom, and click the entry for Google Play Store (Figure A).