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Google outs Docs, Sheets and Slides apps for iOS to rival Microsoft Office

Free productivity suite also arrive on Android
Thu May 01 2014, 13:26

GOOGLE LAUNCHED Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps for iOS on Wednesday to challenge Microsoft Office for iPad.

Standalone Google Docs and Sheets and apps are available to download now from the iTunes Store, with a Slides app set to arrive later in the year. Until now, iOS users had to make do with a Google Drive app for viewing and editing Google Docs.

Google Sheets for Android and iOS

These apps arrive just a month after Microsoft Office for iPad, as Google looks to challenge its rival in the productivity suite market. With Microsoft's Word, Excel and Powerpoint apps requiring a Microsoft Office 365 subscription, Google might just manage to do that, with its stanalone apps being made available for free.

Google product manager Brian Levee said in a blog post on Wednesday, "Every year, phones and tablets get better, and more of you are starting to use your mobile devices not just to view, but also to create and edit content.

"While the Drive app is a convenient place to store your stuff, we want to make it easier for you to quickly find, edit and create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go."

Much like the Drive app, the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps display a user's most recently edited files first, and the apps allow users to collaborate on documents at the same time. There's also an offline mode, allowing users to view and edit their files without an internet connection.

"Now, if you have a brilliant idea for a best-selling novel while traipsing through the Amazonian rainforest (or you know, something more probable, like during flight takeoff)... no problem. You can jot down your idea in the Docs app on your phone, even when you're offline," Levee added.

Google's new standalone productivity apps are also available on Android devices, of course, and are free to download from the Google Play store. µ


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