Using a chromebook

I have accidentally purchased a chromebook  How do i use it for office kind work like word and excel plus internet. Do documents produced with this kind of machines easily compatible with ms office applications.

below are its specifications

Operating System      Chrome
Processor Brand      Intel
Processor Count      1
Computer Memory Type      DDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size      16
Hard Drive Interface      Solid State
Optical Drive Type      No
Audio-out Ports (#)      1

Anthony MatovuBusiness Analyst, MTN UgandaAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If what you want won't install and run, then you need to get a computer that will run your software. That would be my advice.
Tyler BrooksNetwork and Security ConsultantCommented:
You can use the programs built into Google Drive for word processing and spreadsheets (called docs and sheets). They are not as fully featured as Microsoft Office but work just fine for basic stuff. You do have to watch the formatting if you export the file you are working on to a .doc file, as it may change a bit.

As far as internet goes you just connect to wifi and use the Chrome which is built into the OS.
Tyler BrooksNetwork and Security ConsultantCommented:
It is also possible to use an online version of the Microsoft office suite from your Microsoft account page (login at These aren't full featured versions either, and you have to have an internet connection to use them, but you would avoid any formatting/compatibility issues.

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Anthony MatovuBusiness Analyst, MTN UgandaAuthor Commented:
can   Google Drive for word processing and spreadsheets ( docs and sheets). be downloaded and installed parmanently on this computer, can i use them off line. Internet access here is a problem
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Google docs are not a perfect match for Office. And you really need good internet access for Google docs.

Probably your best approach is a Windows computer.
Tyler BrooksNetwork and Security ConsultantCommented:
You can use Google Docs offline here is an article that explains how. Essentially it is installed as an app in chrome. It doesn't solve any of the formatting issues you get but it does allow you to use it when your internet connection isn't consistent.
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