Free competitor to Office for iPad updates with support for multiple cloud services

by David Needle

April 3 2014

Kingsoft's newly updated office suite of apps for iPad includes some key features not found in Microsoft's apps.

Among the new features in Kingsoft Office 3.2 are support for viewing, creating, and editing spreadsheets. (The previous version offered only word processing and presentation modules.)

But a key differentiator from Microsoft's Office apps for iPad (Excel, PowerPoint and Word) is that Kingsoft Office supports saving to multiple cloud services: Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and WebDAV. (Microsoft's apps work only with OneDrive).

While you can't beat free, it's worth noting that a reviewer for CNet said Kingsoft had a lot trouble with Google Drive: "It couldn't open any documents created in Google Drive proper, and I received download errors for supposedly compatible files," he said.

Meanwhile, Office for iPad has rocketed to the top of the App Store charts since its release last week and the various combined have already amassed over 12 million downloads.

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