It’s been over a year since Google bought QuickOffice. There hasn’t been much movement since, but a new announcement sure has our hopes up. Back in April, Google had made QuickOffice free for Google Apps for Business customers, and now the office productivity suite is free for anyone on both Android and iOS devices.
There’s also a new icon being debuted, which is a Q drawn with the Google Drive colours. Among other changes, QuickOffice now has the ability to create .ZIP folders and can view charts in Excel and PowerPoint files. Given that this is one of our favourite office suites for the iPad, these are welcome additions to the feature list.
In a new move, the app now requires you to sign into your Google account to use it, much like many of Google’s other apps. QuickOffice is tightly integrated with Google Drive, and as a cherry on top, the company is throwing in 10GB worth of extra storage space for 2 years if you log in to your Google account through the app. This offer is valid till Thursday, September 26.
Additionally, if you purchased QuickOffice Pro or Pro HD on or after June 17, 2013, you are eligible to receive 50GB of free Google Drive storage (with proof of purchase).
Unfortunately, the new Google Drive integration does mean that the app no longer supports Dropbox, Box or any other cloud service. Users on the older versions of the app can continue to use those services till March 31, 2014, at which time they will stop working.
Essentially, this update is “Google Docs, supercharged”. Pity, because QuickOffice is one of the best mobile apps for Dropbox.
QuickOffice can be downloaded freely from the Play Store [No Longer Available] or the App Store [No Longer Available]. There’s no word on when and if it will hit other platforms like Windows Phone.
Source: Google Drive Blog