Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Sep 2013 19:53 UTC
Google

Starting today we’re making Quickoffice for Android and iOS available for free, for everyone. With Quickoffice, you can edit Microsoft Office documents across your devices, giving you the freedom to work with anyone no matter what hardware or software they’re using. Plus, it’s integrated with Google Drive storage so you can safely access your files from anywhere.

And unlike Microsoft Office, it's completely free. Good move by Google.

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Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

Ie vs Netscape is the same, but with Netscape wining and then MS buying netscape.

That isn't what happened. Instead of arguing weather this is exactly what happened, its more productive to consider if its a good thing, indipendant of what other companies have done in the past.

So, Is it a good thing that people were willing to pay for a product over a freely available alternative?

Yes, yes it is.

Does this mean that other companies that want to compete with free google offerings have a chance at success?

Maybe. Probably not in this particular market of productivity apps for mobile. But that's mainly because quickoffice is so good. It could happen in other arenas.

But also, maybe not. Other companies might not be willing to compete in a new area if they think that Google is just going to buy there way into the market? Maybe? Not really sure that is a negative, but it could be.

Side Note: What I want, what I always only want is a good discussion of the issues, not a summary dismissal or reaffirmation of what I already believe. So stop destroying conversations with petty rejoinders.

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