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

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

I don't get it. Did Microsoft have a free version of Office or windows that got killed by a paid version?

The only close example I can think of would be the Browser wars where IE 4 was free, but netscape was still $50. Netscape didn't win due to the price difference and the requirement for OEMs that IE always be carried with the windows.


Is Google Requiring the App come pre-installed on android? I don't think google docs/drive ever was, but provided as a free app install.

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