99As you rely more and more on your smart phone and tablet to do “real” work when away from your desktop computer, one of the biggest issues is how to read, edit and even create Microsoft Office documents. As the de-facto standard for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations, everyone receives email attachments containing them.
If you’re like most, you may have purchased an app or two to work with these attachments – not from Microsoft, because MS hasn’t developed any. I’ve tried 4 different ones and none of them were very good.

Problem solved – Google has launched Quickoffice that lets users create, view, and edit Microsoft Office Excel, Word, and PowerPoint files on their mobile devices. It’s available now for any mobile phone or tablet that runs IOS or Android, which is most of them. The app is also integrated with Google Drive so files can be stored and accessed across devices. And they added a few new features, including the ability to create ZIP folders and view charts in PowerPoint and Excel.

And it’s free! If you don’t already have a Google account, then you will need to create one. That’s free too. To get Quickoffice for an Android device, go to the Google Play Store and download it. To get it for an Apple IOS device, go to the iTunes App Store.