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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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.

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 =).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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