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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That this occurs often enough to sustain a market for such applications is blowing my mind. Will I be a 'legacy' user one day for preferring a keyboard with actual keys and a screen at least the size of a sheet of printer paper for editing documents?

Yes, you will. The whole computer industry is being pushed towards small mobile devices. That means no "space" for a keyboard and instead a 5 to 7" screen that you can easily take anywhere. The reasoning behind this is placing end users in an environment where they only do "quick" tasks just as opening one website, checking email, etc..
While this opens computers to a bigger variety of consumers, it will eventually make people go back to legacy devices due to lack of productivity in new devices.
For instance, let us look at LG's 23" touch monitors and try using an on screen keyboard. Your wrist will suffer a lot being raised all the time to press letters on the screen. it is more comfortable to type on a keyboard laid on the desktop while looking at a screen vertically in front of you.

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