Google has made Quickoffice, which can edit Microsoft Office files on iOS and Android, free.
The apps had previously cost $15 for iPhones and Android phones and $20 for iPads and Android tablets. The separate phone and tablet apps have now been rolled into a single universal release.
The apps had already gone free for Google Apps for Business customers, with Alan Warren, Engineering Vice President at Google Drive, saying that Quickoffice was now “available for free to everyone: students, businesses, nonprofits, governments, consumers and anyone with a Google Account.”
Quickoffice uses Google Drive to sync files across devices, and for those who sign into their Google Account by September 26th, an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage will be added to their account for two years.
New features have also been added to the latest release of Quickoffice, including the ability to create .ZIP files and view charts in Excel and PowerPoint documents.
Google’s move has been seen as applying pressure to Microsoft, who don’t offer a native Office app on iOS or Android tablets. Microsoft do offer an Office 365-tied app for smartphones, which requires subscription to the Office 365 service, but the lack of a tablet version has been criticised by many, seeing smartphones as difficult to work on.
Apple has itself begun to give away the iWork bundle of apps – Pages, Numbers and Keynote – to new buyers of iOS 7 devices.