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Kingsoft Office bests Olive Office in Android office suite faceoff

With a cleaner interface and more supported file types, Kingsoft Office beats Olive Office in a head-to-head comparison.

In this Tech Republic Two Minute Drill, I'm pitting Kingsoft Office against Olive Office Premium in an Android office suite smackdown. What are the qualities I'm looking for? Simple -- feature set and ease of use. We're talking about working with documents and spreadsheets on a mobile platform, so everything needs to be as efficient as possible and work well with standard formats...all while on the go.

I'm going to walk you through each product's features, demonstrate how to create a new Word document, and then see how easy it is to open a Google Drive document from cloud storage.

Feature comparison

I won't bore you with the full set of features, we'll hit the highlights.

Kingsoft Office

Kingsoft Office features:

  • The ability to open 23 different file types
  • Has a built-in file manager
  • Support for many cloud services
  • Save as PDF
  • Bookmarks
  • Spell check
  • Rich text formatting
  • Gesture support
  • Optimized for both tablets and phones
  • and much more
  • Olive Office

    Olive Office features:

  • Open/edit .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, ppt, and .pptx files
  • Open PDF
  • Rich text formatting
  • Edit text in tables
  • Edit single cells and select cell ranges
  • Cloud support
  • and much more
  • For a complete listing of features, hop on over to the Google Play Store, search for each app and read on.

    Test 1: Create a new Word document

    To create a blank word doc on Kingsoft Office, do the following:

    1. Open the app
    2. Tap the logo to reveal the toolbar
    3. Tap New Document
    4. Tap Blank Word
    5. Start typing

    To create a blank word doc on Olive Office, do the following:

    1. Open the app
    2. Tap the clock icon to go to the Recent window
    3. Tap New Document
    4. Tap blank under the Word column
    5. Start typing

    The biggest difference between the two is that Kingsoft Office is better optimized for both tablets and devices. This doesn't get in the way of usage -- but the Kingsoft interface is much better in the larger format.

    Test 2: Open a Google Drive document stored in the cloud

    Now let's open a document from cloud storage. I've already connected both suites to my Google Drive cloud storage -- so let's open a document for editing.

    To open a Google Drive document in Kingsoft Office, do the following:

    1. Open the app
    2. Tap on the folder icon
    3. Tap Cloud Storage
    4. Tap Google Drive
    5. Navigate to the file
    6. Tap the file to open
    7. Edit away

    To open a Google Drive document in Olive Office, do the following:

    1. Open the app
    2. Tap Cloud
    3. Tap the cloud account to be used
    4. Locate the file
    5. Tap the file to open
    6. Edit away

    The nod here again goes to Kingsoft office. Although there are more steps in Kingsoft, the cloud storage supports folders, so locating the file to edit is much easier.

    Kingsoft Office wins this head-to-head comparison

    Based on feature set and ease of use, the winner of this Android office suite smackdown is Kingsoft Office. With a cleaner interface and far more supported file types, your mobile office will be much more efficient and flexible with this solution.

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    Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

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