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Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice

timothy posted about a year ago | from the file-formats-yet-again dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "With Android 4.4 KitKat, Google's biggest blow to Microsoft isn't against Windows Phone. It's against Microsoft Office. You see, KitKat ships with Quickoffice, letting you edit Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go, without paying a dime, straight out of the box. This tidbit was largely lost in the news yesterday, given the large number of improvements and new features that KitKat offers. Yet it's a very big deal: every Android user that upgrades to KitKat will get Google's Quickoffice, and every new Android device (starting with the Nexus 5) that ships with KitKat or higher will also get Quickoffice."

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But I don't want it. (4, Interesting)

richy freeway (623503) | about a year ago | (#45310929)

Is this optional or am I required to have it taking up space on my Nexus 4 regardless?

Re:But I don't want it. (1)

nogginthenog (582552) | about a year ago | (#45310983)

It's already installed (in 4.3 at least). Open a pdf or a word doc and QuickOffice will view it.

quickoffice is free and available to any Android (4, Informative)

feranick (858651) | about a year ago | (#45311055)

The version that allows for editing MS docs has been recently released in the play store for any android user. Kitkat only has it installed by default, but otherwise it's one install away.

Re:quickoffice is free and available to any Androi (-1, Troll)

SuperDre (982372) | about a year ago | (#45311441)

yeah, great, another android fuck-up, if you're tablet or phone is pre-loaded with it, you can't update to a newer version unless the manufacturer releases a newer version.. therefore i'm stuck to a very old version of quickoffice on my xoom...

Re:quickoffice is free and available to any Androi (-1, Troll)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year ago | (#45311549)

yeah, great, another android fuck-up, if you're tablet or phone is pre-loaded with it

Speaking of fuck ups, did Android make you do that? Protip: an aliterate has no advantage over an illiterate.

I modeled the protagonist in the book I'm writing after guys like you. "i aint never went to college."

Re:quickoffice is free and available to any Androi (0)

SuperDre (982372) | about a year ago | (#45311627)

or it's because english isn't my main language (yes, there are people who's first language isn't english).. but you are right, it should have been 'your', i just hadn't reread my post because i was using a touchscreen keyboard on my tablet to post the specfic post and typing and correcting posts on a tablet just sucks balls..

Re:quickoffice is free and available to any Androi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311699)

Sure you can upgrade. If the manufacturer no longer support your device, switch to cyanogenmod android. You can then kick anything 'pre-installed', making lot of room on your device. Then you install the latest versions from google play (or whatever they call android market these days.)

Re:quickoffice is free and available to any Androi (2)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year ago | (#45311817)

I don't have a single device that has anything other than a nightly build of Cyanogenmod. I don't have unpopular devices, either.

Actually, that's an OEM problem. (4, Interesting)

MasterOfGoingFaster (922862) | about a year ago | (#45311703)

yeah, great, another android fuck-up if you're tablet or phone is pre-loaded with it, you can't update to a newer version unless the manufacturer releases a newer version.. therefore i'm stuck to a very old version of quickoffice on my xoom...

That's not an Android fuck-up. That's the OEM's problem, and it has nothing to do with Android. I chose Nexus devices (4 and 7) to avoid this, as these are the devices Android was written for. For any non-Nexus device, you depend on the OEM for certain things that may or may not occur. As a Slashdot person, surely you know this, right?

Re:Actually, that's an OEM problem. (3, Interesting)

SuperDre (982372) | about a year ago | (#45312089)

Yes it's an android fuckup, for letting OEM's being able to do it in the first place.. the motorolla xoom was the honeycomb developer device, so it was the 'nexus' device in that time, and that's the one that I have and is having the problem..

Re:quickoffice is free and available to any Androi (4, Insightful)

CronoCloud (590650) | about a year ago | (#45311795)

You can still install the newer version on Google Play if your tablet came installed with the old QuickOffice HD, I just did it on a Dell Streak 7.

Re:quickoffice is free and available to any Androi (1)

SuperDre (982372) | about a year ago | (#45312079)

We'll I can't.. it gives an error (and I'm not the only one), and I cannot deinstall the original one that came with the tablet..

Re:quickoffice is free and available to any Androi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311949)

Since when does that happen? I had a SGS2 which had several Google Apps pre-loaded and I was able to update all of them when a new version appeared in Google Play. What you're saying is false.

Re:quickoffice is free and available to any Androi (1)

mspohr (589790) | about a year ago | (#45312075)

You could take a minute to, you know, like, look at the Play store (unless you don't have an Android phone and are just ranting to hear yourself scream) and see that this is a free install for any recent Android device. (And you can uninstall it from any Android device also if you don't want it.)
Looks like 1,000,000+ people have downloaded it.
I just installed the latest version on an old HTC phone which has been heavily customized by HTC with the "Sense" interface with no problems.
(I can uninstall it too...)

Re:But I don't want it. (2)

siddesu (698447) | about a year ago | (#45311321)

It was better when it wasn't Google's -- it worked offline and without the need for a G+ account. I'm glad they didn't buy the better office package for Android, Office Suite Pro.

Re:But I don't want it. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year ago | (#45311613)

Screw both MS and Google, I'm using Open Office. Opens and saves all formats just fine, exports easily to PDF and I don't have to be online to use it. It would be handy to open a Word doc or Oo doc on my phone, though, although I certainly wouldn't want to write or edit on a phone.

Re:But I don't want it. (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year ago | (#45311843)

Maybe not on a phone, but a tablet in landscape mode with a USB or Bluetooth keyboard? Why not?

Re:But I don't want it. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311395)

Oh, hey look! Google responds to the MS/Apple/ axis patent attack by assaulting Microsoft and viciously giving people a really good product for free!

Fuck them! Now I'll complain about the space it takes up!

Re:But I don't want it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311483)

Why not just uninstall it, if they do happen to install it on your phone?

Re:But I don't want it. (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year ago | (#45311851)

Because you can't.

Microsoft all over again (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310931)

I for one, welcome our new extending embracing and extinguishing Overlords.

Re:Microsoft all over again (1, Insightful)

Reaperducer (871695) | about a year ago | (#45311023)

My SonyEricsson m600c did this back in 2006. Is this what passes for "innovation" at Google these days?

Wrong Analogy (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#45311233)

I for one, welcome our new extending embracing and extinguishing Overlords.

Google would have to adopt Open Document Format and extend the specification from a monopoly position!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace,_extend_and_extinguish [wikipedia.org] . I don't thing you understand. The worst part of this is we don't have a standard we have the mess of OOXML after Microsoft polluted the integrity of of ISO to its incredible shame. To protect 60% of its profits from its Office compatibility scam. This in someway goes to expose this scam.

Is Google upgrading Quickoffice at all? (4, Interesting)

hsmith (818216) | about a year ago | (#45310935)

Since they acquired them it seems they have dumped no money into improvements. While it is an office editing App, it really needs some work to be "great." Granted, it is much more functional than Microsofts Office 365 backed App.

Re:Is Google upgrading Quickoffice at all? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310971)

i have no microsoft products. and yet when microsoft bought Nokia they push their POS mobile office and skydrive to my N8.

It is like a virus that keeps trying to install itself, and cannot be deleted (without major under the hood pain).

Google is simply trying to redress the balance... And besides, how many Office features do we all need on a phone...;-)

Re:Is Google upgrading Quickoffice at all? (2)

mrchaotica (681592) | about a year ago | (#45311079)

It allegedly has some sort of integration with Google Drive (assuming that counts as an "improvement").

Google Uses Quick Office... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310939)

It's NOT super effective.

Let's get real. An office-ish app on a smart phone is NOT a challenge to a full blown desktop office suite. To suggest that it is indicates an absolute lack of understanding of the user base and use cases for office suites.

Re:Google Uses Quick Office... (2)

nurb432 (527695) | about a year ago | (#45310945)

Not a challenge, but a requirement to be competitive.

Re:Google Uses Quick Office... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310953)

So plug that mini-HDMI into your TV and get a Bluetooth keyboard. Is that challenge enough for you?

Re:Google Uses Quick Office... (3, Funny)

cjjjer (530715) | about a year ago | (#45311435)

Who in the fuck wants to carry a TV and a keyboard around with them?

Re:Google Uses Quick Office... (0)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | about a year ago | (#45311547)

* Portable folding keyboard, bluetooth
* Portable mouse, bluetooth
* HDMI cable. HDMI flat screens are all around these days.

That isn't that much to carry around in a back pack or brief case.

Re:Google Uses Quick Office... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311445)

I've owned 4 Android phones, from Samsung, Motorola, and LG. Zero of them have had an HDMI port or any way to output video to a separate device. Besides that fact, it would still be balls-ass slow. No thank you.

Re:Google Uses Quick Office... (1)

Dahan (130247) | about a year ago | (#45311831)

The point is that if editing documents on the phone is important to you, you'd buy a device that did have a way to output video to a larger screen. (My Android phone can do that, although I have no use for the feature and have never tried it... I bought it because it was cheap--LG Nexus 4)

It's not the (lack of) keyboard or screen size (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311589)

It's the functionality. Every mobile office suite falls short with features you'd deem basic.

Re:Google Uses Quick Office... (1)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about a year ago | (#45311085)

I think you're the one with the lack of understanding. It's not on the phone for document creation, it's there so you can look at that attachment to your e-mail without running to a PC.

Re:Google Uses Quick Office... (2)

recoiledsnake (879048) | about a year ago | (#45311659)

So where is the "attack" in the headline coming from, then? If anything Google just made Office on laptops and desktops more attractive by shipping a viewer for them by default on Android.

Dominant in Market (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#45311257)

It's NOT super effective.

Let's get real. An office-ish app on a smart phone is NOT a challenge to a full blown desktop office suite. To suggest that it is indicates an absolute lack of understanding of the user base and use cases for office suites.

Its not just a challenge its a threat to 60% of Microsofts Profits. Right now Android passed 1 Billion activations in September(windows is about 1.2Billion), while Microsoft thinks delaying its suite to get people to buy their OS. If you don't think its a treaty then you do not understand how people use Office.

Re:Dominant in Market (1)

squiggleslash (241428) | about a year ago | (#45311367)

I'm pretty sure the GP does understand how people use Office, which is why he doesn't think a smartphone app is in any way a challenge to a desktop office suite.

Quite honestly, the only value I've ever seen in smartphone and tablet office apps is viewing content or making absolutely minor modifications. And quite honestly, I'd say even that is a minority concern, most people lose interest the moment they install a "free office suite" and find out, in practice, how much of a PITA the touch UI is for creating content.

Re:Google Uses Quick Office... (1)

Rob Y. (110975) | about a year ago | (#45311311)

Right. If anything, having an MSOffice-compatible app on Android phones just deepens the entrenchment of MSOffice, ratifying it's document formats as the one and only standard. Not saying they're not already enough of a standard that it's not important to be able to work with them - just that this isn't a challenge to Office. More of a challenge to using Office as a competitive advantage for Windows phone.

All this does is check the box of being able to open and make small edits to MSO documents on your phone. Assuming no app is going to provide full-featured support for editing office docs (on a phone - tablets with keyboards are another story), this is probably enough to prevent some free MS-provided app from giving Windows Phone a leg up that they wouldn't have without the MS desktop/office monopolies. If anybody is hurt by this, it'd be Apple, which doesn't have a similar free tool (yet?).

Re:Google Uses Quick Office... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311413)

iWork is Apple's entry in opening and reading Office docs. It was released free of charge recently.

I've always found having some utility that can open PDFs, Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and others pretty good to have. Even before smartphones, Pocket Word and Pocket Excel came in handy because there is always that one person who sends virtually everything in .doc or .docx format as opposed to a message.

Now for writing documents, it can be done on a smartphone, but it is fairly painful, especially without a sliding keyboard. A tablet is a little bit easier, especially with a Bluetooth keyboard, but nothing beats a desktop or laptop PC with the relatively big screen, and multitasking OS. On the desktop, other office suites are 99% interoperable, which means that there is always that formatting error on a detailed document which makes it useless.

MS Office is like AutoCAD or Adobe Acrobat. It may not be the best, but if you want to play in the industry, you have to use those utilities, period. Especially with legal documents.

Same with Exchange. It isn't the greatest, but good luck trying to run an E-mail system without it.

Re:Google Uses Quick Office... (1)

Dr. Spork (142693) | about a year ago | (#45311581)

I agree, but consider also how impossible it now becomes for MS to make money from Office on portable devices. Sure, it isn't (yet) very relevant to sales on PCs and full notebooks, but that's not exactly the growth segment in the computer market. And when you consider that the typical young person has an Android phone before they ever get a PC. When they get around to buying one, you can sort of imagine that a future, better version of Quickoffice on the PC might feel to them like the document editor to try first.

Re:Google Uses Quick Office... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311721)

Android is not only smartphones. You can get a 10" tablet with a keyboard. That is practically a small portable PC. Or you can get a laptop-sized thin with android and an ARM processor instead of x86. If all you need is a word processor, you don't really need a windows PC anymore. (Actually, windows hasn't been needed for a long time, but android means the user don't need to be a linux geek to use an alternative.)

War between Google and Microsoft getting hotter. (5, Insightful)

boorack (1345877) | about a year ago | (#45310947)

In other news patent cartel created by Microsoft and Apple attacks Google and others [theregister.co.uk] . Somewhat sad to see when one side of this battle uses product superiority and the other one resorts to lawyers and patent trolls. It just underscores roteness and corrupion of US corporate economy.

Wait... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311229)

Somewhat sad to see when one side of this battle uses product superiority and the other one resorts to lawyers and patent trolls.

You think one side is all innocent?

WTF do you think Google would have done with those patents? Spend 4.4 Billion dollars on them and let everyone use them license free?

Do you really think that?

And do you really think one side has product superiority? Maybe better in SOME ways, but not superior.

Re:War between Google and Microsoft getting hotter (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311763)

Except Apple and Microsoft offered Google to join into their conglomerate, but Google declined and wanted to snatch the patents away without Apple and Microsoft.

Re:War between Google and Microsoft getting hotter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311857)

Somewhat sad to see when one side of this battle uses product superiority

That phrase really has no business being in a comment on a story about Quick Office.

Just saying.

Documents shared with Google? (2, Interesting)

mbone (558574) | about a year ago | (#45310949)

Is processing for Quickoffice done off-phone? Or, to put it another way, does Quickoffice share all of your work with Google?

Re:Documents shared with Google? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310997)

I don't know, but if you email it with Google or use Google Drive, they have it anyway (ditto for Dropbox, etc). So if you use either of those, you've already decided you accept it. And Office 365 is definitely cloud-based, so this can only be the same or better.

Re:Documents shared with Google? (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#45311115)

The copy I bought a few months ago wasn't connected to Google Drive, so I'm pretty sure it does its own processing and rendering. It is usable, and good in a pinch, but no replacement for a full office suite. But what do It need a full office suite on a Nexus 7 for anyways?

Re:Documents shared with Google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311131)

Is processing for Quickoffice done off-phone? Or, to put it another way, does Quickoffice share all of your work with Google?

According to the rumor mongering tech press [digitaltrends.com] Google has great Cloud plans for QuickOffice, and knowing Google they will be dissecting your work for their own purposes. One thing is for sure, when you sign up for any free Google services (or any other free online services for that matter) you should expect to end up paying for it with a chunk of your privacy. This should not surprise anybody (although it surprisingly often does) since running a service like QuickOffice costs money and Google has to pay for it somehow. If you, the customer, are not paying money for the service Google has to get it's pound of flesh in some other way. The best part is that if you believe the /. heretics that have not yet seen the light and joined the 1st. Slashdot Church of Google, Google will be sharing all of your work with the NSA.

Re:Documents shared with Google? (4, Informative)

mbone (558574) | about a year ago | (#45311211)

If you are not paying for it, you are not the customer.

Re:Documents shared with Google? (3, Informative)

Planesdragon (210349) | about a year ago | (#45311185)

Quickoffice was a document-editing program way back in the PalmOS days, and it was the only major player to make a WebOS version.

Quickoffice does not require Google Docs to work. Although it does have some features which are counter-intuitive and don't work depending on the view you're in.

Re:Documents shared with Google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311319)

If it doesn't require google docs to work, why do you have to create a google account to use it?

Re:Documents shared with Google? (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about a year ago | (#45311193)

I've been using QuickOffice since I bought it for my Palm 3. No, it is, or it was, completely stand-alone. Since Google bought it, it's hard to say, though.

Re:Documents shared with Google? (1)

ilsaloving (1534307) | about a year ago | (#45311289)

It used to be a standalone app before Google bought them, so I would guess no. But now that Google owns them, all bets are off.

OK with me... (4, Informative)

unique_parrot (1964434) | about a year ago | (#45310955)

...these medialess new microsoft office versions, where you have to make an account just to download the installer is a pita.

And only being able to upgrade to win 8.1 with the market, not by windows update??? can't download the service pack to a stick??

And the switch to monthly subscription for office is a very bad thing, i hope people realize this aswell!

i hope ms get's a salted bill for all this.

Re:OK with me... (1)

number17 (952777) | about a year ago | (#45311249)

And only being able to upgrade to win 8.1 with the market, not by windows update???

Apple beats the same drum. OSX 10.9 can be had from the Store, not Software Updates.
http://www.apple.com/osx/how-to-upgrade/ [apple.com]

can't download the service pack to a stick??

Corporate customers download the ISO. Retail customers get the shaft. Super hard shaft if you live in the sticks. No idea if Apple does the same.

Re: OK with me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311347)

OSX 10.9 can be downloaded once (for free) then copied onto an installer drive (eg USB memory stick), so not quite an "ISO" but essentially the same thing.

The process is simple but not trivial:

http://m.cnet.com/news/how-to-create-a-bootable-os-x-mavericks-usb-install-drive/57608836?ds=1

Re:OK with me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311749)

Maybe it's because Mavericks and Mountain Lion are two distinctly different OS paths? Oddly I don't see your ilk bitching about it when Linux does the same. When that happens the answer is obvious to anyone who isn't a "fucktard." Apple does it and you people suddenly have the comprehensive skills of a 4 year old and act smug while making yourselves look like jackasses.

Re:OK with me... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year ago | (#45311689)

i hope people realize this aswell!

i hope ms get's a salted bill for all this.

No caps, "aswell" and a grocer's apostrophe... what grade are you in, kid? If you're trying to look cool, you're not succeeding.

Yeah, mod me down for trying to educate someone at a nerd site...

Re:OK with me... (1)

westlake (615356) | about a year ago | (#45311825)

And the switch to monthly subscription for office is a very bad thing, i hope people realize this as well!

I don't see the problem here.

Office 365 Home Premium $99/yr.

5 PCs and/or Macs + any five mobile devices + your Windows phones.
MS Office Pro, full versions of every program, locally resident and always up to date.
MS Office Anywhere, full versions of every program, streamed on demand to any Win7/8 PC.
MS Office Web and Office on Mobile Devices.
20 GB of SkyDrive Storage
60 minutes of global Skype calls per month.

If you are a college student, Office 365 University [microsoftstore.com] is $80 for four years with an option to renew in the third year.

If you are a NPO, Office 365 can be yours for free. Office 365 for Nonprofits [microsoft.com]

If you need a managed turn-key HIPPA compliant medical office system Microsoft has you covered. Microsoft Office 365 for Health Organizations [microsoft.com]

Eh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310987)

People have been able to edit those formats for years without having to pay a dime. How is this an attack on microsoft, just because this is on a mobile OS? Who wants to edit such files on-the-go anyway?

Re:Eh (2, Insightful)

Desler (1608317) | about a year ago | (#45311011)

It's not. This is simply click bait.

Re:Eh (2)

dwater (72834) | about a year ago | (#45311041)

It's been considered a fairly useful capability since it was on Symbian...how long ago was it on that platform?? Too long ago to remember. This is nothing new apart from it's Google and Android, and perhaps the pervasiveness of the platform.

Ah, I see it was 2005 and Google discontinued it for Symbian :

http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/flow/item/18412_Quickoffice_officially_discont.php [allaboutsymbian.com]

I find this sentence in Wikipedia interesting/disappointing :

"The programs are compatible with Microsoft Office file format, but not the OpenDocument standard."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quickoffice [wikipedia.org]

Since when healthy competition is an attack? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310991)

It's microsoft that attacks everyone with patents and fud.

I smell antitrust lawsuits (2, Interesting)

GauteL (29207) | about a year ago | (#45310993)

In many markets Google has a near monopoly position. Their global smart phone market share is around 80% and in some markets it's even higher. Bundling an office suite in order to leverage their dominant operating system is unlikely to sit well with regulators.

Re:I smell antitrust lawsuits (4, Insightful)

bjwest (14070) | about a year ago | (#45311047)

Wouldn't that only apply if MS made an Android office app, and Google was preventing the user from installing it?

I don't see how it could be considered antitrust to create something that competes with nothing.

Re:I smell antitrust lawsuits (1)

timmyf2371 (586051) | about a year ago | (#45311095)

The mere bundling of Internet Explorer and latterly Windows Media Player with Windows was enough to be classed as anti trust, because MS were deemed to be trying to use a monopoly position in one market to secure a monopoly position in another market.

In this case, Google could quite easily be seen to be trying to use a dominant position in the smartphone market to extend their dominance into the mobile office app market.

and forcing OEMs, "IE cannot open Netscape.com" (3, Interesting)

raymorris (2726007) | about a year ago | (#45311157)

Bundling it where it can't be removed, preventing OEMs from installing other browsers, a patch to prevent downloading Netscape ...

Re:I smell antitrust lawsuits (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311053)

Netscape and Java ran on Windows, does MS Office run on Android? If there's no other products in the market, Google aren't competing against anyone and competition law cannot apply.

Re:I smell antitrust lawsuits (1)

timmyf2371 (586051) | about a year ago | (#45311119)

Even a quick and basic search of Google Play apps reveals there to be quite a number of competing products in the market. MS doesn't have one, so it clearly wouldn't have a case. The makers of Kingsoft Office and Officesuite 7 may well have a case.

Re:I smell antitrust lawsuits (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311081)

That's not a convincing antitrust argument; you're reasoning from a rough estimate of market share alone (and not even market share in a particular country) and you're saying "bundling" without making the case for why adding this feature constitutes bundling for antitrust law purposes. It's a far cry from the pervasive integration of IE into Windows, for example.

My prediction is that there will be no antitrust issues; perhaps a few French closet nationalist policitians will add this news to their "throw everything at Google and see what sticks" approach.

Re:I smell antitrust lawsuits (1)

div_2n (525075) | about a year ago | (#45311275)

Not necessarily. It really depends on how they do the integration. If they set the application default behavior to always open docs with QuickOffice, then maybe. But if they leave it as an option and you have to manually select to always use QuickOffice then I would venture to guess there's virtually no chance a suit would be filed and even less of a chance of it being successful if someone does.

Ironically (2)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#45311363)

In many markets Google has a near monopoly position. Their global smart phone market share is around 80% and in some markets it's even higher. Bundling an office suite in order to leverage their dominant operating system is unlikely to sit well with regulators.

I sure you were against the inclusion of Microsoft Office crapware with every version of its OS. I personally welcome the EU including a start screen on Desktops. Ignoring that Apple has started to bundle iwork...and Microsoft has started including crippled office with its tablets.. neither of these is available for Android. The reality is though Microsoft Office is the monopoly on Microsofts formats something they secured through buying votes in ISO. This will help stop the current compatibility tax myth.

Re:I smell antitrust lawsuits (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311807)

In many markets Google has a near monopoly position. Their global smart phone market share is around 80% and in some markets it's even higher. Bundling an office suite in order to leverage their dominant operating system is unlikely to sit well with regulators.

Didnt work well for MSFT, and that was for browsers, which Google also bundles

Great - now google can send you ads based.. (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311021)

..on what office docs you edit.

Thanks google!

wp8 w/ office (1)

proxie (3418611) | about a year ago | (#45311037)

pretty sure when i tried out the nokia wp8 phone it came with office on it preinstalled..? for the record.. i really did try to give wp8 a shot, however, i have since switched back to droid

Re:wp8 w/ office (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311063)

Surprisingly enough, I found WP8 quite enjoyable. My Android phone has been collecting dust since then. The Modern UI is shit on desktop, but works great on mobile.

Re:wp8 w/ office (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#45311171)

Just out of curiousity , how much does Redmond pay you per post. I'm thinking about surrendering all sense of decency or honor and astroturfing for Redmond.

A toxic post (0)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#45311065)

Come on, anti-trust people and European regulators! "How dare they do this anti-competitive bundling!!2!2111!!!!"

Feel that burning rage that makes you want to pound the keyboard and mod me down? Free speech working as intended.

Now answer the question! How dare they? Answer it!

Re:A toxic post (1)

connor4312 (2608277) | about a year ago | (#45311159)

Feel that burning rage that makes you want to pound the keyboard and mod me down? Free speech working as intended.

Mods might possibly want to do so, because your comment is blatant flamebait (as I see it). If you feel the need to dare the mods to downvote you, you may want to considering saying something else, or not saying anything at all.

"-1: Post disagrees with my already-settled worldview" may not to an option, but "-1: Flamebait" is.

Re:A toxic post (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year ago | (#45311717)

Agreed, Impy is indeed trolling. But OTOH you bit his troll.

Apple not MS (5, Insightful)

grub (11606) | about a year ago | (#45311067)


This is more of an attack against Apple giving away the iWork package for free. MS is barely a blip on the radar.

Re:Apple not MS (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#45311209)

"Response to" or "copy of" fit rather better than "attack against". It's reactive, not aggressive.

Hardly a big deal (1)

timmyf2371 (586051) | about a year ago | (#45311075)

This is probably about as big a deal as Apple giving away their office suite and iLife package to new customers; nice to have, but not a decision maker.

There are so many different use cases for smartphones and I haven't personally heard any friends or colleagues saying that the ability to edit MS Office apps is anywhere near the top of the list.

For tablet devices, the situation is different and it makes sense for Google to catch up with Microsoft and Apple who already offer free versions of their office software to tablet purchasers. Though if the decision comes down to MS Office RT vs QuickOffice, I know which one I'm going to pick - and it's not the Google ersion.

quickoffice (4, Informative)

l3v1 (787564) | about a year ago | (#45311101)

Quickoffice? How is ths news? Not long back they made it free, and we even got free extra Google Drive space for downloading and installing it. And it doesn't need to be KitKat, it works with earlier versions as well.

Again, how is this news?

Right.

Re:quickoffice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311277)

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Re:quickoffice (2)

mewsenews (251487) | about a year ago | (#45311407)

I knew there would be at least one comment downplaying this story.

This is a tiny move on Google's part with huge ramifications.

Android has been a huge success, I read that it has something like 80% of the market share of mobile devices, but that statistic was probably made up.

When Grandma opens an email on her tablet thing that her IT grandson told her to get so that he could stop supporting her Windows computer, she's going to be opening the word attachment using Google software - and then possibly editing it and sending it back - using Google software.

Microsoft gets nothing, they are removed from the loop.

The default office suite on Android could be as important as the default web browser on Windows - and we know what a ruckus that caused.

Re:quickoffice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311775)

I hardly consider this as news, either. QuickOffice came already pre-installed on my HTC Legend three years ago.

Why? (1)

Skiron (735617) | about a year ago | (#45311187)

The last bloody thing I want to do when out walking, or in a pub or on the bus or anything else when out and about is the bloody well create a word processing document or spreadsheet or what ever.

Geez, what's going on in the world?

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45311251)

Not to mention the prospect of editing a document using a virtual touchscreen keyboard. What sadist came up with that idea?

Re:Why? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year ago | (#45311315)

Wow, those EULAs are getting tough if they require you to do that.

Re:Why? (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year ago | (#45311739)

Of course you won't want to create one, but you might want to read one someone sends as an email attachment.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45312017)

It's just the Robber barons 2.0, using the latest electonic whip on you to get free labour - think you'll get paid for it?

you are either deluded or an optimist (i'll give you the benefit of being the latter)

Google are bastards (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#45311313)

How has Apples iwork annouced on Slashdot "Apple Announces iCloud and iWork For iOS" http://apple.slashdot.org/story/11/05/31/192223/apple-announces-icloud-and-iwork-for-ios [slashdot.org]

Is the need for such emotive language when talking about Google. Personally I welcome the new competition in the Office field if only Microsoft hadn't abusively corrupted ISO it would be as exciting as browsers are today.

And every (1)

nashv (1479253) | about a year ago | (#45311427)

user of Android 4+ can already get Quickoffice for free through the play store. What's your point?

Google encroaching on MS is very un-ideal (2)

sinij (911942) | about a year ago | (#45311481)

As much as I dislike MS, having Google that is in business of collecting and aggregating information about us ALSO be default office tools provider is even worse.

How long would it take to have mandatory Google+ integration to use it? Thanks, but no thanks.

What happened to Google Docs/Drive? (1)

arielCo (995647) | about a year ago | (#45311607)

Wasn't it supposed to be Google's alternative? Was it too hard to adapt to mobile?

Not much of an attack (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#45311731)

Buying and including an Office suit so that you're compatible with one the competitions big products ... not really sure how threatened I'd feel ... in fact, I'd consider myself the winner if people were taking those kind of shots at me ...

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