Google Takes Shot At Microsoft Ships Android 4.4 Kit Kat with Quickoffice For Free

Google Takes Shot At Microsoft Ships Android 4.4 Kit Kat with Quickoffice For Free

If Microsoft ever had a "killer app," it could be argued it's their omnipotent Office productivity suite. From college students to home users, small business and the big iron enterprise,  Microsoft Office is the de facto standard from which many a memorandum has been penned or spread sheet crunched. It's also one of Microsoft's major selling points when it comes to the new crop of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 devices. Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablet comes with Office 2013 RT bundled in and Windows Phone 8 devices can open and edit Office documents with ease.  At least that was the hook, until Google made their Quickoffice for Android and iOS completely free as well.  What's more, as Android 4.4 Kit Kat rolls out with the Nexus 5 and as updates for existing Android devices, Quickoffice will be installed automatically with Google's new mobile OS.

If you think that smells like a shot across Microsoft's bow in this war of the platforms, it's probably because it is.

Google Quickoffice deals Microsoft a hefty blow
      Well, okay, it's Microsoft's but you still can access it anywhere...

Google acquired Quickoffice a little over a year ago and the application bills itself as an "all-in-one, cross platform solution, that lets you search, access, edit & sync your files across multiple devices, computers & clouds."  The software is available on multiple platforms beyond Android, including iOS and Symbian.  This was a smart move by Google and the company knew darn well at the time that this would be one of the last major battlegrounds to take on Microsoft's dominance, pushing their open platform ecosystem into the hands of more and more users in the mass market.

This may seem like a subtle move but it's really a major league play. Microsoft currently offers Office Mobile for iOS and Android and it was released over the summer.  The problem is, you need an Office 365 subscription to install it.  As much as we think Office 365 is a solid value these days, you just can't beat free.

And it seems Google just keeps beating Microsoft to the punch.
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I wonder what the legal ramifications are in this for Google, if there are any?

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Probably none. They're not monopolizing anything by shipping Quickoffice with KitKat. We're a VERY long way from Netscape vs. IE.

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I wasn't thinking of monopolistic practices but some sort of IP or trademark infringement somewhere along the way.

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What kind of ip or trademark infringement could there be? It was a legitimate app by a legitimate company till Google bought it. So it's still legitimate except it belongs to Google so they can do what they want with it. Unless Microsoft attempts to patent troll.

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I love the options. Good job Google.

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Not "beating M$ to the punch", but putting themselves in a more competitive position. However M$ still has the edge for real cross platform functionality.

Another "killer app" is skype , again real cross platform

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costinul_ala:

Not "beating M$ to the punch", but putting themselves in a more competitive position. However M$ still has the edge for real cross platform functionality.

Another "killer app" is skype , again real cross platform

 

Obviously someone who has never been logged into more than one device with a single Microsoft ID when someone called them via Skype.You get to hear the ringing over and over and over even after you answer on one device.

 

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