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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andrewclunn
Member since:
2012-11-05

That this occurs often enough to sustain a market for such applications is blowing my mind. Will I be a 'legacy' user one day for preferring a keyboard with actual keys and a screen at least the size of a sheet of printer paper for editing documents?

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

This might blow your mind, but some Android devices (like Asus Transformers) have keyboards. There's also bluetooth.

BTW: Is this app actually free, or is it ad-supported? Big difference.

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aligatro Member since:
2010-01-28

This might blow your mind, but some Android devices (like Asus Transformers) have keyboards. There's also bluetooth.

BTW: Is this app actually free, or is it ad-supported? Big difference.


Just tried it on my TF101 and there are no ads. I don't like that it forces me to link to my google account in order to be able to even start using this program.

As for usability, its about the same as other android office programs out there. However, I prefer the one that comes with TF101 more though.

Also, not that I want to complain about free stuff, but I think this is actually a bad move by Google. They are essentially killing the small guys that try to sell their office apps.

Edited 2013-09-19 20:24 UTC

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gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

I've met some teenagers who can touch-type on their phones faster than they can on a real desktop/laptop keyboard. I'm talking almost pro-typist fast here. Scary but true.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Nice to see i'm not the only one scratching my head. I mean why in the world would you want to edit Word docs on a phone or a tablet? Talk about the wrong tool for the job, on screen keyboards have never been great and watching folks use them i have seen how quickly they can slow you to a crawl.

I suppose if enough people just refuse to put down their phone long enough to use anything else there will be a niche for software like this but for me? that is what the netbook is for.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Nice to see i'm not the only one scratching my head. I mean why in the world would you want to edit Word docs on a phone or a tablet? Talk about the wrong tool for the job, on screen keyboards have never been great and watching folks use them i have seen how quickly they can slow you to a crawl.


The bluetooth keyboard I got for my tablet is quite nice to use.

Besides that, Android can run on plenty of non-tablet devices. The ASUS Transformer Prime even comes with a detachable keyboard.

My wife stores some of her business details (spreadsheets mostly) on Google Drive, and then accesses them from multiple devices including the tablet. This allows her to 'travel light' while still being able to access and edit business documents.

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hussam Member since:
2006-08-17

That this occurs often enough to sustain a market for such applications is blowing my mind. Will I be a 'legacy' user one day for preferring a keyboard with actual keys and a screen at least the size of a sheet of printer paper for editing documents?

Yes, you will. The whole computer industry is being pushed towards small mobile devices. That means no "space" for a keyboard and instead a 5 to 7" screen that you can easily take anywhere. The reasoning behind this is placing end users in an environment where they only do "quick" tasks just as opening one website, checking email, etc..
While this opens computers to a bigger variety of consumers, it will eventually make people go back to legacy devices due to lack of productivity in new devices.
For instance, let us look at LG's 23" touch monitors and try using an on screen keyboard. Your wrist will suffer a lot being raised all the time to press letters on the screen. it is more comfortable to type on a keyboard laid on the desktop while looking at a screen vertically in front of you.

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