Last night something disruptive happened. For the first time, the million plus Android apps in the Google Play Store became available to run natively on Chromebooks. Not all Chromebooks just yet, but on a few, such as my Asus Chromebook Flip. This fall, nearly all newer Chromebooks will be able to run Android apps such as the excellent Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel apps.
I now have the MS Office apps installed on my Chromebook, along with a few other apps such as my newsreader, Feedly. I will try more apps today and in the coming weeks. My plan is to determine how usable these key productivity apps, particuarly Word, are on a Chromebook. On first glance Word for Android on my Chromebook isn't quite the same as the full Windows version, but it isn't that far off either. It should work for most of what I need to do in my appellate practice.
Stay tuned for updates on using Android apps on a Chromebook as the weeks and months progress.