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January 11, 2010

Quickoffice Brings Microsoft Office Support to Android Devices

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Quickoffice, a provider of mobile office productivity software, reportedly announced that the company’s application pre-loaded on the latest devices from multiple original equipment manufacturer partnerships. Quickoffice has said that it has allowed the company to establish a strong presence in Android Market. Quickoffice is currently available 'out of the box' on the HTC (News - Alert) Magic and DROID ERIS by HTC for Verizon Wireless, Motorola's CLIQ, DEXT and DROID devices.

Android is a mobile operating system currently owned by Google. With this operating system, developers can write managed code in the Java language, and control the device via Google (News - Alert)-developed Java libraries.
With the help of Quickoffice, users can view standard Microsoft Office files directly on their device. They can also zoom and scroll throughout documents with the streamlined user viewing experience on Android devices provided by Quickoffice. Users can view their documents across the entire range of Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF 1.4-1.8 file formats whether the files are received as Gmail attachments or transferred to the device manually.
“The Android ecosystem continues to rapidly expand and is becoming a formidable smartphone competitor that is gaining many new consumers worldwide,' Gregg Fiddes (News - Alert), vice president sales and strategic partnerships at Quickoffice, said. 'Our cross-platform strategy includes Android devices and we are pleased to add HTC and Motorola (News - Alert) and the latest Android device, Nexus One, to our growing list of Android-based partners.”
Quickoffice predicts a huge market for its application as the Android mobile operating system is the second most popular smartphone OS behind Symbian. The company quotes a report from Gartner (News - Alert) Research, which states that more than 75 million Android handsets will ship in 2012.
Last February, the company unveiled the industry’s first Microsoft Office viewer for the Android platform. By using Quickoffice for Android, T-Mobile G1 phone users are able to access, view and manage their Word and Excel files. Another important feature offered by the platform is the ability to hyperlink telephone numbers, Web sites and e-mail addresses directly from Word files.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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