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  • orenc17 - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - link

    Great apps but I have one problem with them.... They can't open Microsoft documents Reply
  • TheTurboFool - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - link

    That's what QuickOffice is for. Reply
  • Morawka - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - link

    still thats a glaring oversight Reply
  • nevertell - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - link

    Can't they ? I could swear they used to be able to do it. Reply
  • sprockkets - Thursday, May 01, 2014 - link

    Weird. I can open a .doc file on drive.

    I could care less about Microsoft's formats. I think it is crazy that the android side can't open/save in .odt.
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  • anonymous_user - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - link

    "Along with future updates to these new apps it will be interesting to see what this move means for Google’s other office suite, Quickoffice."

    This is precisely what I want to know.
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  • twotwotwo - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - link

    When Google first started doing Docs I thought it would be cool if they built a native app based on OpenOffice (or an OpenOffice add-on) to meld their services with the sort of office app that people were more used to. Of course, they never did. After they picked up QuickOffice I figured it meant they'd finally follow that strategy. I appear to be wrong again.

    My best guess is that it's about Drive and QuickOffice representing essentially different models. Drive is built around the Web and collaboration, with documents as streams of edits (and revision histories always available). QuickOffice is built along the lines of Office. Drive doesn't try to implement lots of Office features, but on the flipside it adds some distinctly Googly things (Google Docs Forms). I'm guessing Google wants to mostly invest in the product that reflects their new model, and wants to focus on getting new users into it.

    QuickOffice still a valuable acquisition for lots of reasons--Google can give away a legacy-style Android suite that syncs with Drive, and a doc viewer for Chrome OS; they get the talent and the code with all its hard-earned compatibility with Office quirks. But my guess is that adding features to the QuickOffice product won't be a big priority.
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  • Zoomer - Monday, May 05, 2014 - link

    Given microsoft's willingness to make native office apps for iOS, I wouldn't be surprised to see them for android. Reply
  • xtess3ractx - Thursday, May 01, 2014 - link

    I think this is a good move it will allow them to update the functionality much faster.
    I think what they really should do is make Drive a full file-manager for android, chrome os, with the ability to sync between multiple devices certain folders. It would also be nice if you could do some remote Drive management to android.
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  • xtess3ractx - Thursday, May 01, 2014 - link

    I also wouldn't be surprised if QuickOffice got dropped and its functionality built into docs, sheets, slides. Reply
  • Fazil Harroon - Thursday, May 08, 2014 - link

    Thanks for this great review Brandon. I've started using Google Docs online recently and LOVE it. Can wait to try out these apps. Reply

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