Since the major acquisition last year, Google has made it clear that it wants QuickOffice to make accessing and editing various Microsoft Office documents for the average consumer— but what about the various businesses out there?
If you’ve been one of those folks that have been ready to use Quickoffice post Google acquisition, but were saddened by how it was only available for Google Apps for Business, you’re in luck. Google has made the popular mobile office app free for everyone. That’s right. Everyone.
In a move to possibly counter Microsoft’s future intentions, Google has just announced it acquired productivity giant QuickOffice. This is likely done because of the simple fact that more and more people are using their Android devices to do work on the go.
At its Chromebook Pixel event yesterday, Google didn’t just launch its new premium Chromebook. It also announced that it is porting Quickoffice, the mobile productivity app that brings Microsoft Office to iOS and Android to the web through Native Client and Chrome.
Written by: Alex Zaharov-ReuttAlthough Microsoft Office will still be used by “power users” who need the more complex Word and Excel features, among others, all Fairfax employees will get access to Google Apps for Business, including Gmail, Drive, Docs, Hangouts and plenty more by November.
Quitting Microsoft Office entirely can be very a long goodbye, especially for power users still unimpressed
At its I/O developer conference earlier this month, Google announced a major update to its suite of productivity apps, including Docs, Sheets and Slides. The main feature there was the integration of QuickOffice, which now makes editing native Microsoft Office documents online easier.
When it comes to productivity apps, Office is still clearly the market leader, and Microsoft is now also quickly iterating on its online apps for Office. When it comes to its competition with Google’s online productivity apps, though, it’s hard to figure out if Microsoft is feeling superior or threatened (or a bit of both).
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