Google makes Quickoffice free for all users, adds 10 GB storage bonus
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is making its Quickoffice productivity application available free to all users across the Android and iOS mobile platforms.
Quickoffice offers mobile access to Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Word, Excel and PowerPoint services, enabling on-the-go users to create, open and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as share and email files via multiple cloud service providers including Google Docs, Dropbox, Box.net, Huddle and SugarSync. Google previously offered Quickoffice free to Google Apps for Business subscribers but otherwise charged businesses, consumers, students and other users $14.99 for the Pro version or $19.99 for the Pro HD version.
"You can get the free Quickoffice app on Google Play and in [Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL)] App Store," writes Google Drive Engineering VP Alan Warren. "Simply sign in with your Google Account to start editing Microsoft Office Excel, Word and PowerPoint files on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet. Quickoffice is integrated with Google Drive so you can safely and easily store and access your files across devices. Users who currently have Quickoffice for Google Apps for Business can update their app to the new version and will notice a new icon. You'll also see a number of new features including the ability to create .ZIP folders and view charts in Excel and PowerPoint files. Plus, the new app works across devices so you don't have to worry about installing separate versions anymore when you go from using your phone to editing on your tablet."
Google is awarding an extra 10 GB of Google Drive storage to all users who sign into their Google Account from the new Quickoffice by Sept. 26, 2013. The free storage will be available for two years.
Google has already removed the premium Quickoffice Pro and Quickoffice Pro HD from both app stores. While Pro and Pro HD users may continue to access their existing apps, they must switch over to the free version to take advantage of new features and updates. Google adds that Quickoffice Pro and Pro HD are not fully compatible with Apple's new iOS 7 and that some features may not work--in addition, all cloud storage services will become unavailable to Pro and Pro HD users on Mar. 31, 2014.
Google acquired Quickoffice in mid-2012. Financial terms were not disclosed. Microsoft did not roll out its own Office productivity app to iOS until June 2013, with an Android version following six weeks later.
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