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4 Office for iPad alternatives

Michael Ansaldo | April 25, 2014
When Office for iPad arrived last month, it was a bittersweet moment. The elation over the promise of true tablet productivity muted by the realization that the apps were little more than document viewers without an Office 365 subscription.

Quickoffice's interface is clean and intuitive, with a simple toolbar across the top providing all the basic Office functions and formatting options. Change tracking is particularly well done: Each addition or deletion is denoted by a plus or minus button, respectively. Pressing the button opens a time-stamped window with the author's name, the content of the edit, and options for accepting or rejecting the change.

One of the casualties of Google's purchase of Quickoffice was comprehensive cloud support. Where previously the app could sync to popular cloud services like Dropbox and Evernote, it now — not surprisingly — connects only to Google Drive. That may limit its appeal for some. But if being tethered to Google's cloud doesn't faze you, Quickoffice will ably fill the Office gap.


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