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Google launches Quickoffice for iOS and Android; includes 10 GB of Drive for limited time

Having bought Quickoffice back in July of 2012, Google(s goog) has released a mobile version of the productivity suite for iOS(s aapl) and Android devices on Thursday. The free software is available in both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play store, and one of the biggest reasons to consider trying it is the application’s support for native Microsoft Office formats.

That means documents, spreadsheets and presentations don’t have to be converted to Google’s own Docs format: You can edit these and none will be the wiser that you didn’t use Microsoft software. Quickoffice for iOS and Android also adds the ability to create .ZIP files and view charts in Excel or PowerPoint documents. If you need additional incentives to give the software a go, Google is including 10 GB of additional Google storage with the installation. That storage will remain free for two years but the promotion ends on September 26.

I’ve been using Quickoffice on a Chromebook for nearly 6 months and find it much nicer than Google’s own docs. Most of the functionality is the same but the interface is cleaner. And it’s particularly useful for when people send Microsoft Office documents; the native format in my experience is better than document conversion which often introduces glitches or missing data.

Microsoft(s msft) provides Office for Android and for iPhone as well, but it requires a subscription to Office 365. My guess? More people will opt to use Quickoffice over the long-term instead of paying Microsoft on a monthly basis.

6 Responses to “Google launches Quickoffice for iOS and Android; includes 10 GB of Drive for limited time”

  1. Dashing Partycrasher

    Hi Kevin, I enjoy your posts, but as a fellow Chromebook user, I’m also confused by your mention of Quickoffice for Chrome. Is it in beta? Where can we find that? As Obarlo said, it isn’t listed in the Chrome Store. I am not a fan of Google Docs, since it doesn’t allow conversion of my documents to Word docs for colleagues who use Word. Unless Quickoffice really does have a Chrome version that allows this, then I’m ready to hack my Chromebook with Linux and Open Office.

  2. Just downloaded to my iPad and tried out a few Excel files. Lot’s of features in Excel don’t work in Quickoffice (e.g. defined names). Limits the current use to simpler spreadsheets.

  3. Thomas Krafft

    My guess is Google will shutter Docs after a trial period of QuickOffice. Google has trouble getting almost anything (other than search) past the “beta” stage, and has often had to acquire others’ innovation to gain access new markets. Oddly enough though, once acquired and used to shutter its own first attempt, Google then has a tendency to let the new service whither on the vine, again. Blogger, Picasa, Hangouts, Checkout, and a couple dozen other efforts could be cited at this point. For all the smart people Google employs, there’s just something not quite right with that company. If I were King or CEO for a day, perhaps I couldn’t do much better either. But given the vast resources available to Google, it just boggles the mind so many of their own projects have shuttered and/or failed.