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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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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