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Google taking aim at Microsoft with free Quickoffice offer?

Business Technology | November 3, 2013

You need to view Microsoft Office documents on your Android phone or tablet. But the apps that let you make it happen aren’t cheap. Well, not any more. As MSPmentor writer CJ Arlotta says, Google is currently offering its Quickoffice app – which lets you view and edit Office documents on Android devices – free of charge.

A way into Microsoft Office?

The Quickoffice app was formerly offered only to Google Apps for Business users. That’s now changed, with anyone able to obtain the app free of charge. The app will allow users to view and edit Office documents on anything from their iPads to their Android-fueled smartphones.

We all like free

In a blog post, Alan Warren, Google Engineering’s vice president, said that everyone likes free stuff. And that, he said, is why Google is making this app free. It’s hard to believe, though, that Google is now offering the app for free just to be nice. One suspects it’s a path for the company to gain a foothold in the Office arena.

Downloading

No matter Google’s motives, the move does provide you with the opportunity to acquire a powerful app for free. Simply visit either the App Store or Google Play to download Quickoffice. Note, though, that you will have sign into a Google account to use the app.


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