What is a Chromebook?
Chromebooks are laptops from Google that run on Google's Chrome operating system. These laptops have an easy-to-use interface, and they are handy when performing simple tasks like sending emails, writing papers, browsing.
The device's default web browser is Google Chrome, which helps you execute most of the tasks. The Chromebook does not support most of the applications used on laptops and MacBooks, but you can also easily download applications from the Chrome web store and Google Play Store.
Google Chrome OS is mainly based on cloud storage, and this means after saving your tasks on the Chromebook, you can edit or view the task on another device after logging in with your Google Account.
Although most of the applications on a Chromebook require internet connections for them to run, they are some tasks that you can perform offline. You do not require internet connections when using apps like Offline Gmail which enables you to read and write emails, Google keep that enables you to write a note, Google Drive apps that helps you create and edit documents, Media player for playing music and videos and built-in photo editor for editing and viewing photos.
Switching to Chromebook
It is easy to switch to a Chromebook if you have created a Google Account on your Windows or MacBook. If you do not have a Google Account, you can create one for free. The Google Account enables you to save your bookmarks, applications, and extensions. You can also save your files or folders in Google Drive, an extension of Google Account.
After creating the back-ups, you can quickly sign in to your new Chromebook using your Google Account. You will also be able to personalize your Chromebook by following the simple onscreen steps. Once you have set up everything, the Chromebook will have your Google Account photo, and you can also find your files in Google Drive.
How to use Microsoft PowerPoint on a Chromebook
To run and install Microsoft Office applications on a Chromebook, you will first need to access the Microsoft 365 free app from your Chrome browser. The most popular Microsoft Office applications that you can get on the Microsoft 365 app include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, Outlook, and Teams. It is vital to note that Chromebooks are not compatible with Microsoft 365 apps from Windows or macOS.
Below is information on how to use Microsoft PowerPoint on a Chromebook.
- Open Chrome browser and search for Microsoft 365
- Sign into a Microsoft 365 account using your Microsoft Account and select PowerPoint.
By logging in to Microsoft 365 using your Microsoft free account, you will only be able to do basic editing on PowerPoint. To access full editing features, you must sign in with an account linked with your Microsoft 365 subscription.
A Chromebook is ideal for simple tasks like browsing the web, checking email, watching online, creating documents, and playing games. They are also budget-friendly and easy to maintain as you can easily download most of the applications from their online stores. Laptops and MacBooks, on the other hand, have substantial internal space and well-developed software which can handle heavy tasks. Therefore, the most important thing to consider before buying either a laptop, Chromebook, or MacBook is your situation or your day-to-day tasks.