Google announced in a Drive Google+ page article that it’s making Quickoffice available for free to iOS and Android users. And if you act quickly, some extra storage space is thrown in, too.
Google acquired Quickoffice a year ago and is offering this promotion in hopes of competing with Microsoft Office Mobile 365. Android users can get the app for free in the Google Play Store, and so can iOS users – it’s available in the iTunes store.
The app can be used to edit and create Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations on your mobile device, be it a smartphone or tablet.
You can also use it to open PDF files, as well as attach files to emails. Quickoffice is tightly integrated with Google Drive. That means, among other things, that you can access documents that you have already saved to your Drive account.
That’s not the only reason why you’d want to use Quickoffice with your Google account. If you move fast, “fast” meaning signing into your Google Account from Quickoffice by September 26, you’re getting 10GB of additional Google Drive storage.
The extra storage will be added to your account in the next few weeks and it’s yours to use and enjoy for two years.
Since the requirement is signing in with your Google Account from the app, we can assume that current Quickoffice users should also have their Google Drive storage quota increased. Quickoffice is a welcome addition to the list of free productivity apps you can add to your device.
One of the benefits of this is you can open and edit Microsoft documents across your Android and iOS devices. This is good new for users who are tied in to the Google ecosystem heavily. Plus, users will appreciate the fact that the Quickoffice suite is free and they get 10GB of additional storage space.
This move is a move to steer users away from Microsoft’s subscription model for Office Mobile 365 which costs $9.99/month — which also includes apps for Android and iOS.
It’s worth noting, however, that Microsoft also offers its free Office Web Apps, which via a browser you can access among multiple devices through SkyDrive. This is a good option for users who don’t want to spring the $9.99/month for a Office Mobile 365 subscription. For more, check out our article: How To Use Microsoft Office on iOS Without a 365 Subscription.
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