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Microsoft starts beta test for Office on Android tablets

Microsoft is reportedly working on an Office beta program for Android tablets, after meeting with relative success in their iOS foray. While there are still no clear details on how this will be different from the existing mobile version, it is expected that it will work just like its iOS version, with Word, Excel and Powerpoint sure to be part of this working suite.

Massive updates for Google Docs, Sheets arrive

With the announcement last week during the I/O Conference that the Google Office Suite would be able to create and edit Microsoft Office within their apps, we were expecting that the roll-out would be done in the next few months. But surprise, surprise! Google Docs and Sheets have started releasing updates today and the changes in the two are significant and very much welcome.

Quickoffice relaunched by Google, price drops and includes 10GB Drive perk

Back in April Google released the Google Apps edition of Quickoffice in the Play Store. This app was released for free, but the use was limited to those who were paying Google Apps for Business subscribers. At the time Quickoffice remained priced at $14.99 and $19.99 for the Pro and Pro HD versions. Well, flash forward till the present day and Quickoffice has been relaunched and is now available for free -- for everyone.

Quickoffice app released for Google apps business users

Google has recently released a new version of the Quickoffice app into the Google Play Store. This one joins the Quickoffice Pro HD and Quickoffice Pro apps, which are already priced at $19.99 and $14.99 respectively. This new release is called Quickoffice Google Apps and is available for free. Before you run to download thinking Quickoffice is now available for free -- there is a catch.

LibreOffice Android port progresses to prototype

A few months ago we brought you news that LibreOffice, the open source offshoot of popular free office suite Open Office, was headed to Android. While it would be wrong to say that the team of developers is making rapid progress, progress is nonetheless being made. The prototype app for Android tablets (Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich) was recently shown off in a single screenshot. Without passing too much judgement this early in development, I can say this: for those frustrated with the relatively sparse feature-sets of mobile office suites like Google Docs, it'll be well worth the wait.

Today only: OfficeSuite Pro 5 is free on the Amazon Appstore

Google Docs not quite cutting it for your mobile document editing needs? Is that free version of QuickOffice that came with your phone a little long in the tooth? Then today's a great day to try out the Amazon Appstore. The third-party store features a free download of one paid app every day, and today, it's OfficeSuite Pro 5, normally a full $15. OfficeSuite Pro 5 is your standard document editor, featuring support for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files, though the last two are read-only, according to the app's Amazon listing. An integrated file browser and Google Docs connection help round out the software, and happily, it handles the tricky .docx, .xlsx and ppsx extensions without complaining. You can get OfficeSuite for free until 3 AM Eastern Time, and considering how many of you have already pre-ordered the Amazon Kindle Fire, you may want to do so whether or not you intend to use it on your current smartphone or tablet. If you're new to the Amazon Appstore, don't worry - downloading and installing it is a simple process. Just head on over to the Get Started page and enter your email address. Download the app to your phone or tablet, then install it via the standard non-Market method (you'll need to allow the "unknown sources" option in the Application settings menu). Once a free app is "purchased," it's connected to your Amazon account, and you can download it on any device with the Appstore installed.