Go get Quickoffice for free
In another move to steal away Microsoft Office users, Google on Thursday announced that Quickoffice apps -- which allow users to access Microsoft Office documents -- will now be available for free.
That's a big drop from the $14.99 Google was charging for Quickoffice Pro on iOS and Android smartphones and $19.99 for Quickoffice Pro HD for the iPad and Android tablets. It'll be interesting to see if Quickoffice usage surges over the next few months.
"Everyone likes free stuff, which is why starting today we’re making Quickoffice available for free, for everyone," Google engineering vice president Alan Warren wrote in a post on the Google Drive blog.
Indeed, everyone does love free stuff. But the real point of making Quickoffice free is to continue eroding the Microsoft Office user base, in case Warren doesn't make that clear.
"With Quickoffice, you can edit Microsoft Office documents across your devices, giving you the freedom to work with anyone no matter what hardware or software they’re using," he writes. "And while the easiest thing to do is simply convert your old files to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Quickoffice gives you another way to work with people who haven’t gone Google yet."
The search giant acquired Quickoffice in June 2012, launching paid versions for iOS and Android devices last April.
In addition to make Quickoffice free, Google has added several new features, including the ability to view charts in Excel and PowerPoint and the ability to create .zip folders. And whereas there were different versions of Quickoffice for smartphones and tablets, now users of both types of devices can use the same version.
Google also is throwing in an offer of an extra 10GB of storage on Google Drive over the next two years for users who sign into their Google account from Quickoffice.
Besides competing on price and storage giveaways, Google is attacking Microsoft's Office user base with its cloud-based business and productivity apps ecosystem. Quickoffice integrates with Google Drive, allowing users to access files from anywhere with their iOS or Android devices.
Google will cease supporting the paid versions of Quickoffice after March 31, 2014. The company also said the paid versions are not fully compatible with iOS 7, so if you're an Apple user who likes Quickoffice, it might be time to switch to the free version.
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