If you have ever read my iPad Office apps showdown articles then you know I am a huge fan of Quickoffice HD on the iPad. I also use Quickoffice on Android devices and have used it for years on Symbian smartphones too. As Larry just posted Google acquired Quickoffice, likely to come up with a better product than Google Docs for Android devices so they can compete with Windows 8 and Office on the iPad.
Quickoffice is my preferred client on Android and the iPad, thanks in large part to its extensive support for cloud storage services and powerful Office capability. I am not sold that a full Office client is needed on mobile devices and Quickoffice does an excellent job of filling in for mobile usage. I rarely use Google Docs, can't really stand the interface and there is no real mobile client, so I think this Quickoffice purchase makes perfect sense.
Since Google does a good job of providing solid iOS applications, I don't think we will see Quickoffice for the iPad go away anytime soon either.
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