Google today announced that it is making the Quickoffice iOS app freely available for everyone to download. Previously available for iPad users who are also Google Apps users, Quickoffice iOS app lets you edit Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations even while on the go using your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
The app is free to download, and all Google asks from you is to sign in with your Google Account. As an incentiv, Google is playing generous by giving out an additional 10GB of Google Drive storage for free for two years. Quickoffice integrates seamlessly with Google Drive, allowing you to access your files safely from anywhere
Once you’ve installed Quickoffice iOS app, take note of some new features, including a refreshed icon, the ability to create .ZIP folders, and the ability to view charts in Excel and Powerpoint files. You also don’t need to install separate versions anymore since the app works across your devices.
With Quickoffice becoming free for iOS device users, Microsoft should start thinking about changing its business strategy when it comes to the mobile Microsoft Office apps. For those who are not aware, the Microsoft Office apps for iOS are only available for Microsoft 360 subscribers. Microsoft needs to reconsider this model, not only because of Quickoffice but also because of the upcoming free versions of Apple’s iWork for buyers of the new iPhone 5S.