Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Sep 2013 19:53 UTC

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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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:

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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pooo Member since:

MS did exactly this with IE and people definitely whined. They disrupted the, at the time, for-pay browser market so completely that they were the only game in town for years after.

Having said that, especially in light of all the legitimately evil things MS did to the software market, I always found this particular gripe to be pretty limp. The big crime with IE wasn't giving it away or bundling it, it was pressuring OEMs into using only IE and then using their market position to break the entire web.

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umccullough Member since:

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

I wasn't referring to Office precisely - although there are features in Office that Microsoft purchased from ISVs and integrated into the suite over the years.

I was thinking of various tools included in DOS/Windows over the years - things like EMM386, DriveSpace - even stripped down apps like Write/WordPad, the increasingly featured windows calculator, media playback/editing software, cd burning features, etc.

Microsoft is continually purchasing technologies from companies and then incorporating them into their products for free - despite numerous paid-for apps already available in that space.

At least Google gave the competition a year of warning - everyone must have known they were going to release it for free as that's their usual business model.

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