02
Apr
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Since Google acquired Quickoffice last year, the internet has been quietly hoping that the investment will result in a much improved document editing experience on Android. So far, there hasn't been a monumental shift, but now the company is releasing Quickoffice for Google Apps For Business. For real.

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The suite is only available for users of Google Apps For Business, obviously, but if your company is in that group, then enjoy your new, free applications. The collection includes support for editing Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files and is integrated directly into Google Drive for storing them all. For everyone else, the Pro and Pro HD versions of the suite cost $14.99 an $19.99 respectively.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • TheWhiteLotus

    Just curious: why use this over Drive?

    • Christopher Robert

      Why are they even separate? Google should have just integrated the good parts of quick office into drive.

      • Phil Nolan

        Because QuickOffice costs money.

        • AGWednesday

          But Google wants people to use Drive. Integrating the QuickOffice UX into Drive itself would have gone a long way to doing that.

          Heck, why not just use the guts of QuickOffice to improve Drive's document editing experience while keeping the Microsoft Office-specific stuff for Google Apps For Business customers only?

    • tylerbrainerd

      Format support, and I assume far better offline support and more features.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    would this work for [grandfathered] free google apps accounts?

    • makapav

      I don't think so. The Business accounts are specifically considered a different category. Many other business-specific features don't work on the Google Apps free version.

    • Scott

      Nope I just tried.

    • Phil Nolan

      I was trying to do just that and it kept telling me to download Quickoffice HD.

  • bloomtronzero

    This is actually really cool. Given how neatly it ties in with everything, it is actually tempting to switch over from our current Office 365+iPads arrangement.

    • Freak4Dell

      They have Office 365 for iPads? Dammit, Microsoft...get something out for Android.

      Or are you using the online version?

      • bloomtronzero

        Not really, no. It is just what our company insists on using. Since I've yet to make a compelling argument for apps and android. This is a start.

  • http://profiles.google.com/akanealw neal wettstein

    Doesn't work for Education accounts either.

  • mgamerz

    What about Google Apps for Government?

  • Ryan Stuckmaier

    Geez, so many bad reviews because people can't read the first line of the description.

    • http://www.facebook.com/quintstoffers Quint Stoffers

      Ugh, I know that feel. I develop a root-only app. The first lines litterally say the following:
      ** IMPORTANT
      ** ROOT is REQUIRED

      I'm getting daily emails from people wondering why it keeps telling them their phone isn't rooted and my app why my app won't work.

  • jaduncan

    Does this do footnotes?