Quickoffice, which used to be a relatively expensive suite of apps for working with Microsoft Office documents on iOS and Android devices, became freeware today.
This is part of a trend of companies that once charged top dollar for their mobile Office apps now giving them away. Every Windows mid-size Windows tablet is bundled with Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student, and Apple is including the mobile version of iWork (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) free with all iOS devices bought in the future.
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Quickoffice was purchased by Google last year, and the company has integrated it into its cloud offerings, especially Google Drive.
While this app enables users to create and edit Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files, it has significantly fewer features than Microsoft’s Office suite. Still, it offers basic formatting, as well as the ability to display formatting inserted into files by more capable apps.
The version of Quickoffice released today adds the ability to create .ZIP folders, as well as view charts in Excel and Powerpoint files.
A significant amount of its word processor’s functionality is focused inserting comments — Google seems to be positioning it as a way for people to look over documents created by others.