Microsoft’s Office Suite of applications is pretty standard for anyone looking to get, well, anything done on a computer. Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations—the whole shebang—you probably will have to deal with Office. But what if you need to make changes to a document, and all you have access to is your Android phone or tablet? Microsoft released a version of Office, but to use that you have to subscribe to Office 365 for $100 a year. Fortunately, Google made Quickoffice for Android or iOS devices.
Quickoffice gives users access to read and edit files made in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, and its touch-optimized interface may never replicate the ease of pointing and clicking with a mouse, but it’s pretty close.
If you sync your files via Google Drive, you’re in luck, because Quickoffice uses that as your default save-to and open-from folder. One potential downside to the app is that it doesn’t necessarily encourage you to use other services—like Dropbox—to sync your files. When trying to open files from the app itself, your choices are limited to Google Drive, your downloads folder, and your internal storage, but only if you allow it. Fortunately, opening files from within Dropbox into Quickoffice is simple, so unless you’re allergic to starting with the file source first, this shouldn’t really be a problem.
Overall, Quickoffice is the perfect solution for people without a laptop who need to do work on the go. And at the low price of free, it’s a tough one to beat.
- Touch-optimized UI does a good job of replicating keyboard and mouse controls you’d find on a PC.
- Easily access and edit files created in Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
- Completely free and compatible with Microsoft’s subscription-based suite.