Google on Wednesday announced the release of Quickoffice for Android and iPhone, available gratis for all its Apps for Business customers. If you fit the bill, you can download the apps now for free from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.
Quickoffice is Google’s alternative for business users that have to share files and collaborate with users who don’t yet use Google Docs. In other words, it’s the company’s way of letting Google Apps for Business users edit Microsoft Office files on the go. “From Word to Excel to Powerpoint, you can make quick edits at the airport or from the back of a taxi and save and share everything in Google Drive,” Google says.
Google acquired QuickOffice back in June 2012. At the time, QuickOffice offered native apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Symbian. We can rule out Symbian, but it makes sense for Google to support both Android and iOS. Windows Phone and BlackBerry users, meanwhile, are likely out of luck.
As we wrote then, we don’t think this is a coincidence. The company has been improving Google Docs with QuickOffice’s technology ever since the acquisition, but the timing of these apps makes sense a lot of sense. These “free” apps make Google Apps for Business more attractive to organizations.
Here’s the full Quickoffice 6.0.1 for iOS changelog:
Now designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Sort Google Drive files by Shared with me, Starred, and Recent.
Support for multiple Google Drive accounts.
Improved chart rendering in Quicksheet and Quickpoint.
Create and share ZIP folders from multiple files.
Bug fixes and performance enhancements.
The Android app doesn’t have a changelog at the time of writing. This may be a blip or may simply be due to the fact it’s being rereleased for Apps customers.