Quickoffice for Android and iOS now free in new challenge to Office Mobile

It looks like lots of companies are now trying to topple Microsoft's leadership in productivity software, especially for mobile platforms. Today, Google revealed that it has made its Quickoffice apps, which can read and edit Microsoft Office documents, free for iOS and Android device owners.

The reveal on the Google Drive blog adds that users who sign onto their Google Account from the new Quickoffice apps by September 26th will also get an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for two years. Google first acquired the Quickoffice software in June 2012.

Microsoft launched Office Mobile apps for both iOS and Android earlier this year but both require a paid subscription to Office 365. The fact that Google has now made its own Quickoffice apps completely free has to be considered a huge challenge to Microsoft on the mobile platform front.

Earlier this week, Box announced plans to launch Box Notes as a cloud-based collaboration software service. Last week, Apple announced that its iWork suite of software programs (Keynote, Pages and Numbers) will now be free on all new iOS devices. Microsoft made its case earlier this week that, in its opinion, the best free alternative to Office was its own Office Web Apps.

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....Google Account from the new Quickoffice app for Android or iOS by September 26, 2013, you'll get an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for two years, which will be added to your account in the next few weeks.

Nobody said 10gb was instant.....

A lot better for me on my Android Tablet than the non-existent Office 365 . I mean really Microsoft, release it for tablets. That's just silly to release this for phones.

DarkNet said,
A lot better for me on my Android Tablet than the non-existent Office 365 . I mean really Microsoft, release it for tablets. That's just silly to release this for phones.
Just install the phone version. Get it from the 1Mobile market and it won't restrict you based on device.

That's not the point. I shouldn't have to do that. So every time there is an update I have to do that? People like you are the reason why malware exists in platforms.

How often do you edit / create documents?

I have a Windows Phone and enjoy office also, but it's more for reference until I get back to a computer.

Office viewers on phones are more than "marginally" useful but I agree creating/editing documents on your phone alone is a bit silly. It's not so bad on a tablet though and this QuickOffice app runs on both (Android doesn't have completely different ecosystems for phone and tablet). Furthermore while it may not be very useful to create/edit directly on the phone it's not going to be long before your phone/table is commonly acting as a computer using (wireless) keyboard and mouse input and displaying to a monitor or TV. You can technically do that now but it's a bit of a mess but it won't be long before the kinks are worked out and that use case becomes fairly common.

neonspark said,
yet another free office suite nobody cares about.

Except everyone that needs office software for their Android or iOS device, and doesn't want to get lured into a subscription model.

IF you really need to edit office files then most of the free ones are good . They all do basic file creation fine but are terrible once you have a word document with embedded things in it.

neonspark said,
yet another free office suite nobody cares about.

And there are tons that are really good. Like Kingsoft Office. Quick Office is ok...but just not there yet for my liking.

farmeunit said,

Where can I download MSOffice for my Android or Apple device?

Office on iOS or Android is free and available if you have a 365 sub.

techbeck said,

Office on iOS or Android is free and available if you have a 365 sub.

And that's my point. We already pay and EES agreement for software and get Office 365 for free. Why would I pay to get a mobile app? We'll just stick to GAFE and Drive or QuickOffice.

neonspark said,
yet another free office suite nobody cares about.

I care, and I bet lots do. Nobody cares that you don't care. Move along.
I installed it and I already have OfficeSuite Pro installed.

techbeck said,

Office on iOS or Android is free and available if you have a 365 sub.


Yeah... I paid $10 for Office 2013 through work, I have Office Mobile on my Windows Phone already, so it's hardly free when the only reason I would need Office 365 would be for Android; I would be paying $10 a month for it, hardly free.

nothing to do with apple giving away ios iwork suite for free with new device purchases. of course.

meanwhile. microsoft is still pondering the 'financial sensibility' of touch office for other platforms. well keep pondering. microsoft. keep pondering. lmfao.

Albert said,
nothing to do with apple giving away ios iwork suite for free with new device purchases. of course.

Google actually bought QuickOffice way before Apple announced the free version. Things like this don't get decided overnight.

Albert said,
nothing to do with apple giving away ios iwork suite for free with new device purchases. of course.

meanwhile. microsoft is still pondering the 'financial sensibility' of touch office for other platforms. well keep pondering. microsoft. keep pondering. lmfao.

New device's only, still costs $10 per app if your already own ipad/iphone. QuickOffice is now free for android and iOS.