MS Office vs. Quickoffice: BYOD could win the battle

MS Office vs. Quickoffice: BYOD could win the battle

Summary: Google's purchase of Quickoffice is an obvious move to compete with the upcoming Windows 8 and its access to genuine Office apps.

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The purchase of Quickoffice by Google is a brilliant move to compete with Microsoft and the imminent launch of Windows 8. Microsoft has an advantage with the Office brand, and Windows 8 will bring it to the tablet in an official way. Google has to do something to compete with mobile Office, and Quickoffice is a good start.

Quickoffice isn't Microsoft Office but it can work with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents so well that for many it's just as good. It doesn't match Office apps feature for feature, but it does handle most Office documents nicely. In addition to editing Office documents, Quickoffice also outputs files in Office formats. In many cases documents created/edited by Quickoffice are indistinguishable from those coming from actual Office apps.

Google knows that the Office brand is a big advantage for Microsoft, something that will be used to full benefit with Windows 8. Even Windows RT will come with a subset of Office apps installed, kind of a Quickoffice for Windows. It won't be surprising if Google integrates Quickoffice into the very core of Android, leveraging the purchase for the platform. It will almost certainly be tightly integrated with Google Drive, the cloud repository for Google Docs.

The upcoming battle between Office and Quickoffice will be interesting to watch, and the bring your own device (BYOD) movement may play a big role in the tussle. More tablets, phones, and laptops are coming to the workplace through individual purchases, aka BYOD, and the ability to work with Office docs could be key.

If Microsoft wants to see Windows 8/RT hit the ground running, the BYOD crowd could be vital to see that happen. A case could be made that Windows will work better with corporate systems than Android or iOS. An even better case would exist if Microsoft could convince the enterprise that genuine Office should be required for BYOD programs.

This shouldn't attract the anti-trust people as Microsoft wouldn't be directly forcing anyone's hand to use genuine Office. It just needs to convince corporations that only real Office will do and let them do the stiff-arm tactics. If BYOD programs start requiring Office on devices that workers bring to the office, Windows 8 will have a tremendous advantage.

This depends on whether Microsoft brings out Office for Android or the iPad as rumors constantly indicate. While that would make business sense for the Office business unit, the Windows BU would be much better off if Office sticks to Windows 8, at least until Windows 8 get going. If that happens the growing BYOD movement could help move Windows 8 right from launch, and Office could be a big reason.

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  • The problem...

    You see, Microsoft may as well get every single PC maker to prefer Windows 8 above Android. Sales of Android tablets haven't been stellar and manufacturers know this. Microsoft may just come in and say, well this might help.
    Android on tablets haven't made inroads into the market because why buy one when you can get a better iPad.

    Windows 8 might just change the landscape. iPad will remain king, but Android will suffer.
    DreyerSmit
    • Android will suffer?

      Come again guy? I guess time did tell a different story.
      m19surfer@...
  • Real Office

    There is much to be said for having a REAL version of Microsoft Office available on your tablet. I don't want to convert, or sync, or mess around with my files, I just want them available on my tablet. I've been using an Acer w500 with Windows 8 installed, it has Office 2010 and my network drives mapped. Haven't picked up my iPad 2 in days.
    clcrockett
  • MS Office vs. Quickoffice: BYOD could win the battle

    No reason to settle for Quickoffice when you can get the official Microsoft branded Office which you know will have full compatibility. Many times we hear that competitors have no problems but the reality is they do. Google knows its in a hole and is desperately trying to climb out any way they can. They are no longer relevant in mobile.
    Loverock Davidson-
  • Andorid tablets are in real trouble

    Most hardware manufactures and consumers and corporate will prefer a Win 8 tablet over an android or an ipad. If MS could bring a lot of apps into the Win 8 tablet market quicker, it can stop iPad getting into the corporate environment. Also the Win8 comes with Xbox music (30 million tracks), video and games, it can be a super hit with the consumer market as well.
    owllnet
  • google

    Google will ruin a good thing. And since google can be anti competitive, quickoffice will loose support for 3rd party cloud solutions such as box.net etc.
    ShqTth
  • Pricing, Pricing, Pricing

    Form factor and pricing will be the KEY factor. If the price for a fully functioning MS Office is over $19.99 (buy once, install on all your devices), they can hang it up. example: I have a rooted kindle fire running ICS (OS), Touchdown(Outlook), Dropbox(Cloud), Google Drive (cloud), QuickNotes(Metting Notes) and QuickOffice(DOCs) that I use exhaustingly for work daily. My bottom line was 199.00 (Kindle), 19.99 (QuickOffice ) and 14.00 (Touchdown) totaling 232.99. I am customizing approx 3 to 4 KFs a week for friends and co-workers. If MS can keep the form factor small, pricing under $250.00, quality and performance up, I would Give it a serious LOOK. Given MS history, I do not see it happening. With the under 250.00 Quad Core android tablets coming out and the above mentioned apps, It will interesting to watch.
    sadmglw
  • The title of this article is inaccurate.

    And in fact, has little to do with BYOD. For what it's worth I actually think this whole BYOx insanity has to stop. http://theemf.org/2012/06/06/stop-the-byox-insanity/
    apwinthrop
  • An admission by Google that the web-centric model is declining

    The web-centric model behind Google Docs is on the decline. Mobile phone users primarily use apps, not websites, and tablets are following the same trend. With Windows 8, even notebook/desktop PCs will start migrating away from websites and to apps for simple tasks, whilst still keeping traditional PC applications like the full MS Office for more complex ones. By purchasing Quickoffice, Google are effectively admitting that their web-centric model is failing, just like Oracle's 'network computers' failed in the 1990s.
    WilErz
  • These comments made me laugh

    Hindsight really is 20/20. This article is what it is but all these cats saying Google has a failed model, android phones and tablets won't make it, and the best is Android will suffer. Guys were riding MS hard. And I don't have to tell any of you who the market share boss is...
    m19surfer@...