Want Quickoffice for free? Now’s your chance

November 3rd, 2013

Want to view and edit Microsoft docs on your iPhone or Android mobile device? Don’t wish to pay a small fortune to acquire an app that lets you do it? Google’s got your solution. As writer CJ Arlotta affirms in a recent story on the MSPmentor Web site, Google is now giving users free access to its Quickoffice app, one that allows them to view and edit Office documents on their mobile devices.

A big change

Is this a way for Google to break into the lucrative Microsoft Office market? It appears so. As Arlotta writes, the Quickoffice app was formerly available only to Google Apps for Business users. The app now, though, enables all users the ability to view and work with Microsoft Office documents on iPads, iPhones and Android phones and tablets.

We all like free

In a blog post, Alan Warren, Google Engineering's vice president, said that everyone likes free stuff. And that, he said, is why Google is making this app free. It's hard to believe, though, that Google is now offering the app for free just to be nice. One suspects it's a way for the company to gain a foothold in the Office arena.

To get it

To obtain your free copy of Quickoffice, head to Google Play or the App Store. After you download the app, you'll have to sign into a Google account to start editing Microsoft Office files.