Rumor: Is Google going to go after Microsoft's Office Web Apps?

Almost a year ago, Google acquired QuickOffice, which developed and released a line of software productivity apps made for smartphones and tablets. Now a new report claims that Google is planning to launch a new and free version of QuickOffice that will work with a web browser.

ReadWrite reports, via unnamed sources, that Google's target with a new QuickOffice launch are Microsoft users and its own free Office Web Apps tools. The current app version of QuickOffice uses the same file format as Microsoft's Office software, and it's likely that kind of support would be put into the browser version as well.

Microsoft has been promoting Office Web Apps more than usual in the last few weeks, stating that it was planning to add more features in the near future, such as real time co-authoring of documents. In a blog post last week, Microsoft claimed that opening Office documents with the current app version of QuickOffice makes them look different than what the original file looks like when opened with Office Web Apps.

ReadWrite's article also claims that Google plans to add QuickOffice as a free app for owners of the Chromebook Pixel notebook, although that has yet to materialize.

Source: ReadWrite | Image via QuickOffice/Google

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Nearly everything about Acer's 8.1" Windows 8 tablet leaks

Next Story

Dell: Our corporate customers are still upgrading to Windows 7

45 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Competition is a good thing, call it copying...whatever. MS does the same things and brings competition to others. Like their Surfaces, XBOX, Bing, and WP. Stop being blinded by hate and realize this happens all the time whether it be Google, Microsoft, Apple.....

Competition is a good thing. As soon as people realize this, the better. Its a rumor, but wouldnt be surprised if something comes of it.

Nha, I stick with Office, it has a monopolie for a very good reason: it works perfect and has a very good integration with Windows (especialy 8).

Good for them. We are about to upgrade from Google Apps to Office365.com because Google has been so reliable that I believe the last comment in an email discussion about the state of our email and collaboration was "its time to tell [Google] to jump off a cliff and die" ... Don't think QuickOffice is going to do much to change that...

The majority of users have a modern copy of Office on they PC which meets their needs. Even Office 2003 runs great on Windows 7, types documents, calculates spreadsheets, creates presentations just fine. I have never come across a PC in the last 10 years that does not have a copy of Office installed and I don't expect to in the future.

Mr. Dee said,
The majority of users have a modern copy of Office on they PC which meets their needs. Even Office 2003 runs great on Windows 7, types documents, calculates spreadsheets, creates presentations just fine. I have never come across a PC in the last 10 years that does not have a copy of Office installed and I don't expect to in the future.

How about home user machines? Look at it this way. My company offers me a Microsoft Office Professional Plus license for two computers for $19.99 additionally, they offer me a Project Professional License and a Visio Professional License for $9.99 each (good for two machines). If they didn't offer me that, I would have to buy it on my own (which we all know is a lot more expensive than that).

What if now they say we can use this and let us know how we can save it back to Microsoft Office format and we don't have to buy anything at all?

I am not disagreeing with you at all. But I do know a lot of home users who don't have Office installed. I've convinced them either to use Google Docs as an alternative or buy a monthly license of Office 365 Home Premium. Just don't pay for it if you don't need it.

Quite recently, my sister in-law switched bought Office 365 Home Premium for her kids school work. Her kids are 10 and 12 and recently the school have required them to use computers for presentations and Excel for science classes. She liked that she can cancel it during the summer months and activating it a month after the school semester begins.

Another friend of mine like Google Docs. Said it was free and can save it to Office format and work on it when at work natively in Microsoft Office.

These situations exist. I cringe when I see someone who doesn't have Office installed on their machines. It just proves that you really don't need a good machine at all if all you are going to use it for is Facebook and porn.

siah1214 said,
Wait...i thought that's what Google docs was to begin with? I'm so confused.

it was,now its being replaced with quickoffice instead,because quickoffice gives better "compatibility" than their own google docs.

Quickoffice? bwahaha thanks for the laughs

btw this is acknowledgement from google that their google docs is pure crap, that so many people tried to defend.

Edited by vcfan, May 19 2013, 12:03pm :

Finally something that gives a alternative to microsoft office that has currently a monopoly

All these people saying taht they steal your personal info and it's not save to use google... yeah right, please get out and take your tinfoil hat with you ^^

They do take and use your personal info. That's their entire business model.

But the key thing is, at least in theory, that they do so in a way defined by strict terms and conditions. It's up to the consumer to decide whether they're happy with those. That's the difference from 'steal'.

They use it for things like advertising and search customisation. I don't think they are going through a start-up using Google Apps, looking for business concepts to steal in internal e-mail.

I don't and never will be able to understand why people mind having personalized ads...
I'd rather have that then ads which are meant for older women or such

They don't make exactly money on your info, it's not like they're selling it or such and they never will, they make money on ads just like neowin does and all the other sites...

Seahorsepip said,
Finally something that gives a alternative to microsoft office that has currently a monopoly

All these people saying taht they steal your personal info and it's not save to use google... yeah right, please get out and take your tinfoil hat with you ^^

Please take off your tinfoil hat.

Microsoft doesn't have a monopoly on web-based office suite. Office Web Apps is also free and available from competing browsers (ie. Chrome)

Did I ever say I was talking about the web app? I meant the desktop office app, if that isn't a monopoly currently >.>

And nooo, don't wanna lose my hat, took me hours to make one from tinfoil

rule of thumb: anyone is always going after something if it proves to be a valid business model.

competition in the area of "office" is a good thing tbh. MS has way too much power there.

Has too much power for a reason. Office (Including OWA) has way more potential and usability than anything else on the market. When OpenOffice or anything else comes close then they will gain traction.

Same story as on windows mobile might happen, windows mobile was first strong too but now android is the biggest smartphone OS so anything can happen, just nonthing has happened yet and hopefully is stays like that for microsoft because it's one of their best sold products

Seahorsepip said,
Same story as on windows mobile might happen, windows mobile was first strong too but now android is the biggest smartphone OS so anything can happen, just nonthing has happened yet and hopefully is stays like that for microsoft because it's one of their best sold products

Not really the same thing, Microsoft and Windows Mobile was ahead of its time, it 'dominated' for so long because there was no one else that thought they could make a profit, Up until around the time of the iphone the devices were priced out of the reach of most consumers, much like tablet pc's they remained a niche market so 'dominated' by virtue of no one else seeing much profitablity isnt really dominating in the way that iphone and android do with the market at the moment.

Overall the winmo example just shows
1) Microsofts inablity to capitalise on the rapidly reduced costs of the technology which then made those devices accessible to the mass market consumer
2) the cost of not innovating the product which had by and large not changed much since 2003 so even if they wanted to take advantage of the first point they didnt have anything which could do that.
3) Unlike WinMo office is actually widely used by business and consumers, WinMo might have dominated the smart phone market at the time but the actual market by comparison was tiny and virtually a niche market, again as opposed to Office.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
Oh cool, Google copying MS again and trying to steal their share of the pie, didn't see that coming! /s

Google providing competition in an area that clearly needs one, oh no cry us a river. We all know that Microsoft performs 10x better when they have competition just look at IE.

Could argue Microsoft copying Google with Office web apps. Google docs existed years before Office web apps did when Google bought out writely.

funkydude said,

Google providing competition in an area that clearly needs one, oh no cry us a river. We all know that Microsoft performs 10x better when they have competition just look at IE.


IE is a bad example. For office MS has better codes. IE on the other hand is based on Trident rendering engine. Microsft must adop Webkit and when it does it will kick Chrome's ass.

S3P€hR said,

IE is a bad example. For office MS has better codes. IE on the other hand is based on Trident rendering engine. Microsft must adop Webkit and when it does it will kick Chrome's ass.

No, they really don't.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
Oh cool, Google copying MS again and trying to steal their share of the pie, didn't see that coming! /s

ITs called competition. As long as Google markets it correctly and doesnt bad mouth the competition, who cares. Competition is a good thing but apparently you dont like Google and cannot see that.

And I guess the XBOX, Bing, WP, and Surface isnt copying others. This happens all the time.

subcld said,
not interested in any google service except youtube

Why not? Youtube stores a history of your videos watched and tracks you. Google agents go through the who knows what videos you watch and serve you ads.


They use your personal tastes as a way to make money. The EXACT same way they do in Gmail, Google+, Google Search, etc.
Oh the hypocrisy.

onionjuice said,

Why not? Youtube stores a history of your videos watched and tracks you. Google agents go through the who knows what videos you watch and serve you ads.


They use your personal tastes as a way to make money. The EXACT same way they do in Gmail, Google+, Google Search, etc.
Oh the hypocrisy.

The hypocrisy??? If there was an alternative which was as good as YouTube then yeah would definitely stop using YT but there isn't, unlike alternatives to other Google offered services like Google Search, Google Drive, Google+, Google Maps, Google Docs and Google Chrome. I can at least name one quality alternative to those services but can't do the same for YouTube(I know about DailyMotion etc. but they are not as good or as popular as YT )

Edited by Elmer.Fernandes, May 19 2013, 3:00pm : grammar mistake

Elmer.Fernandes said,

The hypocrisy??? If there was an alternative which was as good as YouTube then yeah would definitely stop using YT but there isn't, unlike alternatives to other Google offered services like Google Search, Google Drive, Google+, Google Maps, Google Docs and Google Chrome. I can at least name one quality alternative to those services but can't do the same for YouTube(I know about DailyMotion etc. but they are not as good or as popular as YT )

Lol so your concern is Google itself, but not your privacy because you found a reason to use a Google product but complain about Google's practices.

That's like the group in steam that is named "Boycott MW3" and if you look at what they are playing they are playing MW3 rofl.

MS fanboys everywhere at Neowin.

onionjuice said,

Lol so your concern is Google itself, but not your privacy because you found a reason to use a Google product but complain about Google's practices.

That's like the group in steam that is named "Boycott MW3" and if you look at what they are playing they are playing MW3 rofl.

MS fanboys everywhere at Neowin.


Don't you see what google is doing. Penetrating more and more into your private space. Which company does that? Look at amazon for example it provides its services exactly the way it should be. Google on the other hand make money out of collecting information of your ass. Isn't that concern you at all!??? Do you respect yourself in any way?

onionjuice said,

Lol so your concern is Google itself, but not your privacy because you found a reason to use a Google product but complain about Google's practices.

That's like the group in steam that is named "Boycott MW3" and if you look at what they are playing they are playing MW3 rofl.

MS fanboys everywhere at Neowin.

lol gotta love the way you think /s, my previous post does not have any reference to Microsoft, its all about Google but yet you call me a Ms fanboy? wow!! and your example does not make sense in this circumstance.

S3P€hR said,

Don't you see what google is doing. Penetrating more and more into your private space. Which company does that? Look at amazon for example it provides its services exactly the way it should be. Google on the other hand make money out of collecting information of your ass. Isn't that concern you at all!??? Do you respect yourself in any way?

Um, I'm not close minded nor am I living with a middle ages mindset.
And saying Amazon provides the same services is utter BS. Are you new to the Internet by chance?

Amazon provides you with a search engine? email? mobile os? free storage? social network? Amazon sells you stuff and if anything Amazon does invade your privacy (the same way some of you believe Google is doing) because they "go through" what you browse and show you recommended items that you might like to buy.

If you REALLY feel this way and respect yourself in anyway and have concerns for your privacy this much you wouldn't be living in the United States where NOTHING you do is private. Even if Google doesn't collect your information our government IS. Any website you go to DOES TRACK YOU. THEY KEEP THIS INFORMATION. They track EVERYTHING you do on their site and if the government wants information about you, they hand it over.

Hypocrites like you are everywhere. You think Google (who even tells you and gave you an option to opt out) invades your privacy but you live in a world and a country where your government that does the exact same thing only without you consent.

Elmer.Fernandes said,

lol gotta love the way you think /s, my previous post does not have any reference to Microsoft, its all about Google but yet you call me a Ms fanboy? wow!! and your example does not make sense in this circumstance.

I didn't specifically call you a fanboy did I? I was talking about the general community. Go read the rest of the comments in this thread and tell me that I'm wrong.

onionjuice said,

Um, I'm not close minded nor am I living with a middle ages mindset.
And saying Amazon provides the same services is utter BS. Are you new to the Internet by chance?

Amazon provides you with a search engine? email? mobile os? free storage? social network? Amazon sells you stuff and if anything Amazon does invade your privacy (the same way some of you believe Google is doing) because they "go through" what you browse and show you recommended items that you might like to buy.

If you REALLY feel this way and respect yourself in anyway and have concerns for your privacy this much you wouldn't be living in the United States where NOTHING you do is private. Even if Google doesn't collect your information our government IS. Any website you go to DOES TRACK YOU. THEY KEEP THIS INFORMATION. They track EVERYTHING you do on their site and if the government wants information about you, they hand it over.

Hypocrites like you are everywhere. You think Google (who even tells you and gave you an option to opt out) invades your privacy but you live in a world and a country where your government that does the exact same thing only without you consent.


Unfortunately you don't get my point. I am a web developer so I know what I am talking about. I didn't want to get into this but just so you know amazon has one of the largest online storage cloud services and web services. It might not have email but gives you cloud storage and much more. And i am aware that government has all information of everybody.... Getting back to the point. Amazon does not make money of these collected data but from actual sale. Google's main revenue source is ads and thats where google makes money. Microsoft also sales services and softwares. Apple sells hardware. Google is the only company that most of its revenue is from ads throughall its services. Thats my point. Recently they are trying to put this into a whole new level. Its like they are turning into a big monster.

Edited by trojan_market, May 20 2013, 5:20am :

S3P€hR said,

Unfortunately you don't get my point. I am a web developer so I know what I am talking about. I didn't want to get into this but just so you know amazon has one of the largest online storage cloud services and web services. It might not have email but gives you cloud storage and much more. And i am aware that government has all information of everybody.... Getting back to the point. Amazon does not make money of these collected data but from actual sale. Google's main revenue source is ads and thats where google makes money. Microsoft also sales services and softwares. Apple sells hardware. Google is the only company that most of its revenue is from ads throughall its services. Thats my point. Recently they are trying to put this into a whole new level. Its like they are turning into a big monster.

I am a developer as well. Amazon S3 is not equivalent or in any way similar to Google Drive. (Both in terms of what they do and how much they cost) Google makes money off the ads from its FREE service while Amazon hosts your files for a rate. We all know that. You are making it seem like Google is doing something immoral or illegal. How are they turning into a monster? By trying to integrate and use the data across all their services to give you a better user experience? (They aren't selling your data or publicizing it or do their own employees have access to this information).

You cannot be thinking they are invading your lives just because they track your search history (which you CAN DISABLE IF YOU WANT) or making a machine scan for keywords in your email. OH, and one more thing. The keywords they store aren't actually stored as words or any sort of snippets of your actual mail. Google made a blog post on this.