Google offers Quickoffice for free

All users need is Google account to download the Quickoffice mobile app

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is making Quickoffice, a mobile app for editing Microsoft Office files, available to iOS and Android users for free. All users need is a Google account.

"You can get the free Quickoffice app on Google Play and in the App Store. 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," explains Alan Warren, engineering vice president for Google Drive, in a blog.

While Google recommends that users convert documents to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides--Google's answer to Word, Excel and PowerPoint--it acknowledges that not everyone has "gone Google yet."

Quickoffice, which Google acquired last year, has been available for free to Google Apps for Business customers using iPads since December and using Android devices and iPhones since April.

"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," says Warren.

If you act fast, you can get 10 GB of extra Google Drive storage for the next two years. But you need to sign before Sept. 26.

For more:
- read Warren's blog

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