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Google announced standalone iOS and Android apps for its Docs, Sheets and Slides productivity web apps today, striking at Microsoft’s newly-launched Office for iPad suite. The Mountain View-based company already offered users the same capabilities through its Google Drive app, but the three standalone apps launched today have the benefit of providing users with a single place to go for editing certain types of files.

“(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,” Product Manager Brian Leevee said in a blog post announcing the change. 

Office for iPad launched to a warm reception from consumers, but it still requires a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 service. That may present an opening for Google to try and steal users who aren’t interested in paying for Office 365 away from Microsoft. Google’s Apps for Business service, which includes Docs, Sheets and Slides, has been growing in popularity among business users interested in having a version of Gmail that works with their company’s domain name.


Google Docs and Sheets don’t have all the same features that Microsoft’s competing products do, but they could be good enough for many users, especially at the price. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt highlighted the cost-saving potential of Docs during a visit to a school in Chicago, saying that students should use Google’s product “because it’s free!”

Google Docs and Sheets are available for free through the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. Google says that the Slides app will be made available to consumers “soon.”

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  • Frankpowell

    Productivity apps are here to stay and that is why businesses are trying to utilize in the best possible way to become more efficient. Even small businesses are not lagging behind and use apps like to catch up with the big guns.

  • Sonia Goopta

    Google’s product what ever it may be are one of the best support in terms of the work management whether it may be docs, google tasks or anything else. I think so Google has come up in the world with a vision to how eminently process the work approach in a much better way.

    From the fist day ever when I started my business, Google is there with me for a better work management regardless of the products I use. Whether it may be the project or task management, whether it may be the working hours management or may be the expense management, all the way I found google google and google as the best part of the work environment.

    Looking out at this post, I think that the new iPad productivity app from Google is one of the best tool ever to be utilized and lined up with.

  • Thomas

    Great article, thanks. I still think that Office is a great product. Especially Outlook, where you can add plugins, for example such as TimeSheet Reporter (, which allows me to track time via my Outlook calendar appointments.


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