Last summer, when Google took a break from its work towards the releases of Jelly Bean and the Nexus 7, the company saw fit to acquire Quickoffice, the popular document editing app. At the time, we wondered what this move would spell for Drive, and while Drive continued to solider-on as Google’s solution for managing documents created within its own ecosystem, Quickoffice lived as an alternative for users who might need to share files with people not so plugged-in to Google. This past spring, Google started making Quickoffice available for free to users of Google Apps for Business, and today the company takes that one step further, and makes Quickoffice free for everyone.
This applies not just to the Android version of Quickoffice, but the iOS edition, as well. In Android-land, you’re golden, but iOS users will have to create a Google account to use the free version of Quickoffice if they don’t already have one.
There’s also the bonus that anyone who signs in to this new Quickoffice by September 26 will score an extra 10GB of Drive storage, good for the next two years.
Besides all these freebies, the app also gets some new features, like the ability to view charts in Excel and PowerPoint files and being able to export compressed ZIP archives.