Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jun 2012 17:09 UTC
Google "We're happy to announce that we have acquired Quickoffice, a leader in office productivity solutions. Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device. Quickoffice has an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats, and we'll be working on bringing their powerful technology to our Apps product suite." Excellent acquisition - Quickoffice has always been a fine product, and this gives Google instant access to a wide array of native mobile office applications. Crazy nobody else ever picked these guys and girls up. Also, if Google makes Quickoffice available for free, we can enjoy yet another "Google is competing unfairly by not charging customers money for products"-whine-a-thon. That alone is worth it.
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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 5th Jun 2012 17:55 UTC
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

I had QuickOffice on my Palm Vx and Palm T|X. Never actually used it, but then again I don't like typing with a stylus. But who does?

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 5th Jun 2012 17:58 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

But who does?


Who likes typing on any phone, for that matter? Whether it's a pickboard with a stylus, or the current crop of smartphone keyboards - it's all just one big pile of suck.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 5th Jun 2012 18:06 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, it depends. Small messages are no problem and then I prefer fingers over a stylus. On an iPad longer texts are more doable, although I wouldn't write a novel on one.

QuickOffice is a little bit okay for viewing documents, if they are text files, spreadsheets are less fun, but I wouldn't create or edit them.

For some strange reason despite QuickOffice (and others) being hyper compatible with MS Office files it doesn't take much to edit a document which then suddenly looks very odd in real MS Office.

And now I'm going to try and find my Palm Pro.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by elektrik on Tue 5th Jun 2012 18:39 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
elektrik Member since:
2006-04-18

Keep in mind that Quickoffice can run on Android tablets too, so that *might* make productivity using Quickoffice more attractive in the future (not trying to read 'tea leaves' but I'm sure Google had a point to buying them besides 'strong base of users')

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by Morgan on Tue 5th Jun 2012 19:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

It's not all that bad, some physical keyboards are very nice for what they are. The Motorola Cliq was a turd of a phone, but it had the best keyboard I've ever used on a mobile device. I could type faster on it than anything but a real computer keyboard, and could do so for half an hour without getting fatigued or frustrated.

Some people swear by BlackBerry keyboards too. My hands are a bit big to be really comfortable on them, but compared to portrait QWERTY phones from other manufacturers they are very good.

And Thom, I believe I've seen you praise the WP7 on-screen keyboard more than once. ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by Radio on Tue 5th Jun 2012 19:34 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Who likes typing? Keyboards are completely unergonomic, even with better layouts.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I have to agree with others, there are some good keyboards out there, but they are attached to otherwise sucky phones.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by David on Tue 5th Jun 2012 20:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

I like typing on my iPhone keyboard just fine. It's not as good as a real keyboard, but it gets the job done, and I'll compose rather long missives on it. Then again, I didn't mind using graffiti on the Palm for long documents either. I don't much care for Blackberry-style physical mini-keyboards, though.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by phoenix on Wed 6th Jun 2012 19:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

I love the keyboard on my phone (Xperia Pro), especially when in an SSH session. There's no way I'd ever "upgrade" to a phone without a hardware keyboard.

I'm currently looking at the Motorola Droid 4 as a possible upgrade, as it has the most "normal" keyboard layout (including a number row and proper symbols above the numbers).

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