Google challenges Office for iPad with new Android and iOS Docs and Sheets apps

Google is now offering iOS and Android device owners new stand alone Docs and Sheets apps, just over a month after Microsoft released the long awaited Office for iPad apps.

Google's blog states that the free apps are designed to replace the current Google Drive app for reading, creating and editing documents and spreadsheets. The Drive app will still be available for users to view and organize all of their files; both apps will work even if the device is offline. Google also has plans to release a Slides app for creating presentations in the near future.

The release of these new apps keeps the pressure on Microsoft to continue to expand its Office family of software to more platforms. The company updated Office for iPad earlier this week with the ability to print documents, along with other new features. So far, the company has not announced plans to launch a version of Office apps to the iPhone, nor has it revealed anything about offering them to Android users. Windows 8.1 and RT owners are also waiting for Microsoft to launch Modern UI-based Office software programs designed specifically for touchscreens, although there are rumors they could debut in the late spring or early summer.

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Nothing to challenge yet. Not MS Office for iPad, not even most other office suits for Android.

In sheets there is no support for tables, no UI for functions, functions can only be used manually, but they are not localized, so only for english countries, no charts, no colorbars, no autofill, no ability to insert image, rows and cols, no fonts, no styles, no macros. Very poor support of formats. Almost nothing. Still same old primitive app. They just added file manager, which is quite poor in functionality as well, as you can't just point to folder and file you need on your devices.

It's free for reading. Office 365 is doing really well for Microsoft, so no point in giving those benefits away for free. If you want it free, use it on Windows platforms.

After trying this out, I cannot print nor choose which online drive I want to use, I am forced to use GDrive, not OneDrive. And of course, Office was ripped apart for not allowing these two features. Google releases two apps (and not the third - Google is late again) and not a word is said about this.

Google even copied blue like Word and green like Excel. And let's not forget the Metro look. So sad, Google.

Because people like choice. Not everyone uses ChromeOS. Not everyone is online. And people will bitch about anything they do, even when giving people options, and to give you something to create drama over nothing.

umm...that's not what they say about chrome os. When it comes to chrome os, it is all about you don't need offline or apps or anything...just chrome is enough.

Crimson Rain said,
umm...that's not what they say about chrome os. When it comes to chrome os, it is all about you don't need offline or apps or anything...just chrome is enough.

ChromeOS has offline apps.

JHBrown said,
It's refreshing to see good feedback. Thanks.

So people saying that it's not a true comparison to Office is not 'good feedback'? I would say the comparisons are better feedback to push Google to catch up so then both companies innovate better. Office is definitely the winner in productivity suites, and Office Online on the free side.

JHBrown said,
It's refreshing to see good feedback. Thanks.
Negative feedback is still good feedback, if you don't listen to negavitve feedback, you shouldn't listen to feedback at all.

Hmmm that's like saying... "Google has launched WordPad to compete with Office".

No, really? Those two things compare? By which standard? I guess both can break open the DOC format...

BigBoy said,
Hmmm that's like saying... "Google has launched WordPad to compete with Office".

No, really? Those two things compare? By which standard? I guess both can break open the DOC format...


EXACTLY... lol!

BigBoy said,
Hmmm that's like saying... "Google has launched WordPad to compete with Office".

No, really? Those two things compare? By which standard? I guess both can break open the DOC format...

HAHA! I compared Google Docs to WordPad with online collaboration once, just to get under his skin. It was funny =).

virtorio said,
Yeah, the permission for getting unrestricted access to my past, present and future sexual partners was a little off-putting.

You are joking right? This is a serious question by the way.

Please explain how the two application lines are even related. The new stuff from Google is for quick editing within its Drive platform, and Microsoft's Office suite is... about a million times more capable as far as editing goes, and is not aimed at quick editing of documents or spreadsheets within any specific file storage platform. So?

Well you can actually quickly edit documents on both suites. Also, I believe office for iPad only works with OneDrive storage just like how Google Docs/QuickOffice only works with GDrive. Their desktop counterparts are very different from each other, but on the mobile side, they seem to target a similar audience.

audioman said,
Please explain how the two application lines are even related. The new stuff from Google is for quick editing within its Drive platform, and Microsoft's Office suite is... about a million times more capable as far as editing goes, and is not aimed at quick editing of documents or spreadsheets within any specific file storage platform. So?

shhhhh, don't tell google that.

audioman said,
The new stuff from Google is for quick editing within its Drive platform, and Microsoft's

Not everyone needs all what MS does and can just needs quick editing. So Google Docs fits that perfectly. And you dont have to have a subsciption to another software in order to use the mobile app either.

Google Docs in an Enterprise envirnoment...completely useless and has no place.

techbeck said,

Google Docs in an Enterprise envirnoment...completely useless and has no place.

Guess you have never used Google docs then, works pretty well in the enterprise, I've not created an office doc in almost a year.

joemailey said,

Guess you have never used Google docs then, works pretty well in the enterprise, I've not created an office doc in almost a year.


I beg to differ. The company I work for switched to Google Docs, and everyone has been complaining since and we experienced a bit hit with compatibility with partner companies. In fact I know of 2 people who quit because of how unproductive things are compared to when everything was under SharePoint and Office. It's not intuitive compared to the robustness of Office.

Its not much of a challenge. They have a long way to go to get the robustness of Office, but its a start. We'll see where it goes. Some people don't want anything to do with Microsoft products so it might get some attention.

Drewidian said,
Its not much of a challenge. They have a long way to go to get the robustness of Office, but its a start. We'll see where it goes. Some people don't want anything to do with Microsoft products so it might get some attention.

Why does everyone say its free?? Everything has a price be it monetary or in Google's case selling off your information for ads.

Simple. Don't use it. If you using Android at all, you're already invested. If you're too naive to think that every other company, including Microsoft doesn't see information, then think again. That's how they make money off free search and everything else they do. Microsoft just doesn't scan email to target ads. That's about the only difference.

And my information is free. It doesn't cost me anything to give away, and there's nothing there to hurt me. I'm more afraid of the NSA or other government agency, and they don't need Google to gather information.

farmeunit said,
Simple. Don't use it. If you using Android at all, you're already invested. If you're too naive to think that every other company, including Microsoft doesn't see information, then think again. That's how they make money off free search and everything else they do. Microsoft just doesn't scan email to target ads. That's about the only difference.

And my information is free. It doesn't cost me anything to give away, and there's nothing there to hurt me. I'm more afraid of the NSA or other government agency, and they don't need Google to gather information.

Really? You think they are the same? Have you ever studied CIS and managing secure data?

Do you think any employee that can fix a server or work on a network at NASA can see all the top secret documents? Even at the CIA, do you think the 'computer' and IT people have access to top secret data?

Computer systems DO NOT HAVE to expose or leave data open to be viewed, and can still be managed.

Google is pushing the myth that 'everyone does it' and that they 'must allow employees the ability to read the data', and these are LIES.


Mobius Enigma said,

Really? You think they are the same? Have you ever studied CIS and managing secure data?

Do you think any employee that can fix a server or work on a network at NASA can see all the top secret documents? Even at the CIA, do you think the 'computer' and IT people have access to top secret data?

Computer systems DO NOT HAVE to expose or leave data open to be viewed, and can still be managed.

Google is pushing the myth that 'everyone does it' and that they 'must allow employees the ability to read the data', and these are LIES.


if any of what you said was true, you wouldnt be posting it just like that

If you don't think you have anything to hide, you're wrong. The stuff that is collected about you might not be an issue today, but it might be so in the future.