In an aggressive move to compete with Microsoft, Google announced today that Quickoffice, which previously cost $19.99, will be available for free, for everyone, No strings attached! You can go and download QuickOffice for andorid and iOS without paying a dime. To top that off, if you sign in to your Google Account from the new Quickoffice app for Android or iOS by September 26, 2013, you’ll get an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for two years, which will be added to your account in the next few weeks.
The QuickOffice app supports native Microsoft Office formats. This means Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations don’t have to be converted to Google’s own Docs format: You can edit them across your devices, giving you the freedom to work with anyone no matter what hardware or software they’re using. Quickoffice for iOS and Android also adds the ability to open and view PDF files, to create .ZIP folders and view charts in Excel or PowerPoint documents. It’s worth checking out if you need a basic Office file editor.
In addition, Quickoffice integrates seamlessly with Google Drive storage to provide a unified cloud storage solution where you can access, edit, and store your files. Other cloud storage providers are not supported in the app now. If you have files stored with a cloud service provider other than Drive, you may want to transfer the files to Drive for continued ease of access and editing of files.
Install the app and simply sign in with your Google Account by Sept. 26th to get 10 GB of free extra storage in Drive for two years.
Note: While existing Quickoffice Pro and Pro HD users may continue to access their existing apps, they must switch over to the new, free version to take advantage of new features and updates to the product. Google adds that Quickoffice Pro and Pro HD are not fully compatible with Apple’s new iOS 7 and that some features may not work–in addition, all cloud storage services will become unavailable to Pro and Pro HD users after Mar. 31, 2014. For these reasons, you are recommend to download the new Quickoffice app. According to Google, you can have access to both the new app and the existing Pro or Pro HD app on your device (if applicable).