Google's Quickoffice comes to iPhone and Android

Google brings a Quickoffice to iPhone as a freebie for Google Apps customers.

Google has released its Quickoffice app for editing Microsoft Office documents on iPhone and Android as a free tool for Google Apps business customers.

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The release came via an update to the Google Apps versions of its Quickoffice iOS app for the iPad, which has been available since last December, and brought the Google Apps version to Android on Google Play. Quickoffice Pro is otherwise available to non-Google Apps customers as a paid app priced between $15 to $20.

The apps allow users to edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and store or share documents via Google Drive.

Google acquired Quickoffice in June last year, a few months ahead of Microsoft's release of Windows 8 and Surface tablets push - a form factor where growing in importance for enterprise customers and one presenting Microsoft with a thorny problem around its Office suite.

Despite rumours Microsoft would extend Office support to iOS or Android, no support has not been forthcoming. It's perhaps unsurprising, given putting Office on iOS or Android platforms would necessitate putting it on Apple and Google's stores, and so losing a chunk of revenue to its competitors. Instead, Microsoft in December released OneNote as a free iOS app for up to 500 notes . An Android app version followed suit in February.

Meanwhile, Google killed off its free Apps for individuals last December and consolidated Google Apps for Business into a single premium product for $50 per user, per year. A week later it began offering Quickoffice as a free iPad app that was more tightly integrated with Drive to Google Apps for Business customers.

At the time it said an Android and iPhone version were in the making too - which were released on Tuesday.


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