Everyone likes free stuff, which is why starting today we’re making Quickoffice available for free, for everyone. With Quickoffice, you can edit Microsoft® Office documents across your devices, giving you the freedom to work with anyone no matter what hardware or software they’re using. Quickoffice also integrates seamlessly with Google Drive storage so you can safely access your files from anywhere. And while the easiest thing to do is simply convert your old files to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Quickoffice gives you another way to work with people who haven’t gone Google yet
Alan Warren, Google VP of Engineering, Google’s blog
Google acquired Quickoffice in June 2012, and it instantly became a part of Google’s Apps for Business. Quickoffice offers mobile access to Microsoft Office components as Word, Excel and PowerPoint services, enabling on-the-go users to create, open and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as share and email files via multiple cloud service providers including Google Docs, Dropbox, Box.net, Huddle and SugarSync.
Google previously offered Quickoffice free to Google Apps for Business subscribers but otherwise charged businesses, consumers, students and other users $14.99 for the Pro version or $19.99 for the Pro HD version.
You can get the new, free Quickoffice app for Android and iOS phones and tablets on Google Play and in the App Store. Simply sign in with your Google Account to start editing Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations on mobile. You’ll also notice a number of new features, including a refreshed icon, the ability to create ZIP folders, and view charts in Excel and PowerPoint files. Plus, the new app works across devices so you don’t have to worry about installing separate versions anymore when you go from using your phone to editing on your tablet.
As an additional bonus, Google are also offering 10GB of free Google Drive storage for two years to anyone who signs in to the app on Android or iOS by 26 September.