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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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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benytocamela Member since:
2013-05-16

Punished how?

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chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

MS have been punished for the same practice.

Microsoft has been punished for illegal anti-competitive bundling of software, which is why we have Windows N editions and the browser choice screen. But not for providing software for free, or buying companies.

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satan666 Member since:
2008-04-18

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.

Yes, but not enough. So the lack of proper punishment encourages others to do the same.

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