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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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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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

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.


Or, you can look at it the other way - the people who were selling QuickOffice got rich because Google bought their product.

Sometimes you make it, sometimes you don't - that's business.

I'm sure the other vendors are working on making their products more competitive than Quickoffice so that they can remain viable - if they can't do that, then they should focus their efforts on other products.

There's no guarantee that you'll make money if you produce an app in a competitive market.

Microsoft has been practicing this exact same strategy for decades, and it certainly hasn't been "bad" for them.

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Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

Microsoft has been practicing this exact same strategy for decades, and it certainly hasn't been "bad" for them

MS have been punished for the same practice.

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

Not necissarily. Google Drive/Docs (free) did compete with quick office ( not free). It wasn't much of a competition, quick office was much much better. Google couldn't beat them, so it bought them. If there is a group of engineers who think they can do a better job, the opportunity is there.

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Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

lol, the world is bizarre, those are the same kind of excuses MS offered.

Edited 2013-09-19 21:00 UTC

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