image_47Quickoffice has just announced the very first Microsoft Office viewer for the Android operating system. As one of the world leaders in providing mobile office productivity software and solutions for mobile devices, it is no surprise to hear that the other platforms already supported are numerous and include Symbian, Palm, BlackBerry and iPhone. Now available on Android too, Quickoffice will allow proud owners of the T-Mobile G1 and soon-to-be Android devices to access, view, and manage their Word and Excel files.

This neat little software package enables users to access and view .doc and .xls files sent via a Gmail attachment or stored on a memory card. Users can then zoom and scroll freely around their documents, all of which will retain their original look, style and formatting. It is also possible to save files to the device to view later when there is no Internet connection. Other useful features include direct hyper-linking for emails and websites from within the Microsoft Office documents, so that users can quickly call, visit a Web address or email with one touch.

“With the Android platform quickly gaining popularity, it’s important that critical functionality for mobile users, such as document viewing, is developed,” said Gregg Fiddes, vice president of sales and strategic partnerships at Quickoffice. “We are excited to make this feature available to T-Mobile G1 users with the launch of our award-winning software. We’re committed to providing our office productivity solutions across leading smartphone operating systems, and look forward to launching more features and functionality for Android later this year.”

The official word on the street states that Quickoffice will be available in Android Market for an introductory price of $7.99. If you’re interested to learn more about this functional addition to the Android Market, head on over here.

James Tromans

Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.