By Alexandra Burlacu | Sep 20, 2013 11:04 AM EDT
Google has some good news for consumers, as its QuickOffice apps will be free for all. The company is also offering 10GB of additional storage for two years.
With Google's QuickOffice apps, users are able to access Microsoft Office documents on the go from their iOS or Android device, now without having to pay anything.
"Everyone likes free stuff, which is why starting today we're making QuickOffice available for free, for anyone," Google vice president of engineering Alan Warren wrote in a blog post on Thursday, Sept. 19.
"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."
As a reminder, Google decided to acquire QuickOffice back in June last year. The company later launched QuickOffice for free on the iPad in December 2012, then released QuickOffice apps for Android devices and iPhones in April this year. QuickOffice Pro for iPhones and Android phones came with a $14.99 price tag, while QuickOffice Pro HD sold for $19.99.
As expected from a Google product, QuickOffice integrates with Google Drive. With Google's latest offer, users who sing into their Google Account from QuickOffice will receive an extra 10GB of storage for two years. The only trick is that users have to do it before Sept. 26.
"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 got Google yet," Warren further explains.
Moreover, Google's QuickOffice apps also come with a few new features, such as a refreshed icon, the ability to view Excel charts and PowerPoint files, as well as the ability to create .zip folders. QuickOffice also works across devices, eliminating the need for installing separate versions for each device.
"You don't have to worry about installing separate versions anymore when you go from using your phone to editing on your tablet," notes Warren.
It's also worth noting that the previously available QuickOffice Pro and QuickOffice Pro HD apps will no longer be supported after March 31, 2014, and those apps are not completely compatible with iOS 7. The apps available now for free via Google Play and the App Store are different and updated, and Google recommends that all users switch to these free versions.
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