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Quickoffice available for download on Android and iPhone

Google this week released its Quickoffice app for Android and iPhone so users can edit Microsoft Office files on the go.

"From Word to Excel to Powerpoint, you can make quick edits at the airport or from the back of a taxi and save and share everything in Google Drive," Quickoffice Product Manager Mark Beaton boasted in a blog post.

The free apps join the free iPad app, which debuted in December. Quickoffice Pro is available for £11.03 on iPhone and Android phones, while Quickoffice Pro HD is £14.71 for the iPad and Android tablets.

"One of the easiest ways to share old files and collaborate with others is to convert them to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides," Beaton said. "However, not everyone you work with has gone Google yet."

Instead, these new apps allow all Google Apps for Business subscribers to interact with Microsoft's Office suite on their mobile devices. Google also simplified the process of finding and using Drive files from within the Quickoffice app. Sign in with a Google Apps for Business account, and the Drive folders view now includes Shared With Me, Starred, and Recent, as well as other subfolders.

As an added bonus, iOS users can open and edit Office files directly from the Drive app — just select, edit, and save.

Google's efforts are part of its campaign to go paperless in 2013, helping users reduce their dependence on paper. In January, the US Environmental Protection Agency reported that the average worker still uses a staggering 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year, despite the influx of cloud-based tools like Drive.

Google Apps for Business users can download Quickoffice for free from Google Play or Apple App Store.