Mobile apps bringing office tools to the cloud

iPhone app makers have cloud computing on the brain. In separate releases this week, both Readdle and Quickoffice talked up mobile office products for the iPhone and iPod touch that interact with popular cloud-based storage services.

First up is Readdle’s ReaddleDocs app, updated recently to add the ability to store and transmit files through Apple’s MobileMe online service and the Readdle’s own dedicated storage service. Version 2.1 of the $5 ReaddleDocs, announced Wednesday lets users store and retrieve documents through the popular DropBox file exchange service. Coupled with Docs’s ability to access e-mail attachments, the company claims that this new feature makes its app the first one capable of saving attachments to DropBox.

Separately, Quickoffice announced the release of its Connect Mobile Suite app, which combines mobile office functionality with the ability to load and edit documents from a number of different cloud-based services, such as Google Docs, MobileMe, DropBox and Box.net.

This $10 app may sound similar to the company’s older Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite app, which lets users open and edit Microsoft Office files, but that app has been renamed Quickoffice Mobile Suite and priced at $7. In the meantime, Quickoffice has come out with a third app—the free Quickoffice Connect—which will allow users to view and share files from the same cloud-based services as Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, but not edit them.

Having a hard time keeping all that straight? Stop by the Quickoffice booth in the Mobile Applications Pavilion at this week’s Macworld Expo, where the company can explain these changes in greater detail.

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