In a blog post today, Google has announced that Quickoffice is now free to download for iOS and Android. Google also concedes that not everyone has “gone Google” yet, and the ‘.doc’ holdouts don’t make it easy for those who have.
While Quickoffice has been available for free to Google Apps customers for some time, today marks the coming out party for a wider audience. Anyone with a Google account will be able to download Quickoffice for free.
Speaking of free, Google is also giving those who download the app by September 26th an extra 10GB of free Drive storage for two years.
Google acquired Quickoffice in 2012, which was originally designed to thwart Microsoft’s proprietary treatment of Office documents. The app, which has been slowly making its way into Drive, is meant as a very crude viewer/editor for Office docs and spreadsheets. Quickoffice will only work with files stored in Drive, and those who may currently be using Quickoffice Pro or HD will need to download and use the new Quickoffice.
The app will also give users the ability to create .ZIP folders, as well as view Powerpoint files and charts in Excel spreadsheets.
The app can be downloaded from the Play Store, and even comes with a handy widget for quick access to your favorite files.