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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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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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

But how many tablets have a keyboard? Last figures I saw had that at less than 5%, most folks just don't ever buy them and even with the Transformer they sell something like 4 tablets for every keyboard.

So while I'm glad it works for you, just as I'm happy with hexacore PCs but that doesn't make either of us the majority or even a significant minority and the data shows most are using touch only tablets and for inputting text? those just suck.

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