The battle between Apple and Google is getting hotter. Recently, Apple has announced that its office productivity application suite, iWork, will be free for everyone. This suite will include their Pages, Numbers and Keynote applications very useful in office-productivity. However, Google will not let Apple take the lead. The tech giant has also announced that they will now offer their QuickOffice mobile application for free. These will enable smartphone and tablet users to enjoy free viewing, making and editing of Microsoft Office files such as documents, spreadsheets and presentations without any charge.
Free for Everyone Plus Some Pretty Nice Bonus
Starting today, phone and tablet users with Google accounts will be able to have the QuickOffice mobile app for free. Android and even iOS mobile devices will be able to have these office-productivity suite. The mobile app has been previously free for Google Apps for Business subscribers only. Other users needed to buy the application from 15 to 20 US dollars just to have the Pro version or the Pro HD version. Google will also give an enticing bonus for every new user. They will give extra 10 gigabytes worth of data storage on their cloud-based data vault, the Google Drive. This will be given to new users who will sign up their respective Google accounts for the refreshed QuickOffice mobile application by September 26, 2013. Ten gigabytes is really quite huge for MS office files so this will be handy for everyone who will need additional storage for their other files. Plus, the freebie will be able to enjoy by users for about two years.
New Features to Help in and Enhance Mobile Office Productivity
Aside from the nice freebie, Google has also added some new features to the QuickOffice app. These features will include the new option to create a ZIP folder which will be helpful in organizing numerous files in a project. User can now also view charts in Excel and PowerPoint files. Existing users of QuickOffice app for Google Apps for Business will also be able to update into the new offering from Google.
QuickOffice was bought by Google in June 2012. Ever since the buyout, QuickOffice has improved a lot especially in expanding its ability to mobile device users. The new QuickOffice app offering from Google is one of their ways to entice people to use the company’s Web-based productivity applications and tools.