POLARIS Office gets a complete overhaul: goes free (w/ free edit) and adds own cloud service

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POLARIS Office, one of the most popular office suites for mobile devices (available on Android and iOS), has received a complete overhaul with a host of new features. Most notably, it’s now free to use. The Polaris office package allows you to not just view your documents for free, but also to edit them - a feature that you have to pay for on the rival Microsoft Office. It has also added its own cloud solution for effortless and automatic synchronization of documents across smartphones, tablets and desktop.

“The time when companies profited from exclusively holding software and service is over,” Polaris chief executive Min-Chul Kwak said.

Polaris stands out with excellent compatibility with Microsoft’s Office documents, preserving the formatting of documents across different devices. Polaris Office can also pull in and aggregate documents from the most popular cloud services out there, including Google Drive, Dropbox and Box.net. In addition, you can also use the app to view PDF documents, as well as share your existing files easily from the address book.

In terms of pure office functionality, it’s important to know that editing options on mobile are not trimmed down in Polaris. Quite the contrary - the latest version of the office suite comes with strong editing tools for free. The office suite has also received new looks, and its iOS app, for instance, matches the modern, flat looks of the platform itself. Summing it all up, here’s all that the new Polaris Office has in store:

- 15 templates, 20 charts (including 3D ones), 173 shapes, over 300 functions
- 37 slide transition effects, pointer and memo for slideshows
- capability to view conditional formatting and pivot tables
- support for adding and editing header, footer, endnote, and footnote
- import images from your camera roll
- capability to directly open zip files

This new, free version of Polaris Office arrives with 100MB of free cloud storage and the capability to sync up to 2 devices. You can get an additional 100MB if you recommend the app to friends, and installing the PC app will earn you an addition 300MB.

However, for most storage, users have the option to upgrade to a premium version (via an in-app purchase) of Polaris. The premium subscription price is set at $3.99 per month, or $39.99 for a year of premium service. This paid version also allows you to sync not just 2, but up to 5 devices, and set passcodes within the app to protect your files.

Along with the new release, Infraware, the company behind Polaris Office, has announced that it is also working on a desktop version of the office package. Currently, Polaris syncs on Windows-powered desktop machines via a client app, and can open files via the browser. What’s planned, though, is to expand that functionality to a full-on desktop productivity solution. Currently, Polaris syncs on Windows-powered desktop machines via a client app, and can open files via the browser. What’s planned, though, is to expand that functionality to a full-on desktop productivity solution.

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*Polaris is compatible with devices running on iOS 7.0 (or higher) and Android 4.0 (or higher)


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14 Comments

1. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

“The time when companies profited from exclusively holding software and service is over,” Polaris chief executive Min-Chul Kwak said. I see it another way - Samsung changed us for HANCOM Office, so we must go out for everyone when we will not be installed exclusively on milions of Samsung devices. Anyway, POLARIS was always better if not best from all available office apps untill - HANCOM brought something for Android that even Microsoft can be ashamed when we compare Office RT and Hancom Office on Note pro. Downside Hancom is only for Note Pro 12 Samsung exlusive. Hopefully will release also for others...

5. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

hancom what???

6. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

all are pices of nonsense and no use just full add throw in dust . crap google quuick office , kingsoft , blahh blah now this what a joke free is always free . ha .

2. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Excellent move! I've always enjoyed using Polaris since my Galaxy S2. Wow, things are really heating up in the office doc market, ever since Google bought QuickOffice and made it free we've seen some very aggressive moves being made by rivals.

3. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Will have to try it on my note 3, dont know if it will ever replace my office but always good to have alternatives.

4. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

If you have Polaris Office 5, (usually comes with Samsung Note tablets) that is actually better than this update so dont you bother.

7. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

ms office 2000 far better than polaris and quickoffice . only 0.1 % know (polaris +quickoffice +kingsoft ) even i pad user rely on ms office.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Dont forget Polaris is available on Windows. That and Open Office

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

This is true, a friend o mine uses Polaris cause they hate MS. It work a vast majority of the time. But for some projects the coding doesnt work well. Thankfully they know Office but they are definitely slower when they are forced to do so. While I am the other way around Faster in Office slower in Polaris that he tries to get me to use.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So you think only 0.1% know about other offices. You have a lot to learn. Considering Google and Apple made their office products free, for both tablets and phones. Last year 70 million iPads sold, 120 million Android tablets sold, and 4 million Windows tablets sold. Now on the phone side for 2013, 800 million Androids sold, 150 million iPhones sold, 30 million WP. This year alone a billion Android phones, 180 million iPhones, 45 million WP. Like the public is going to believe your 0.1% know of other office products. Is that why Microsoft made Windows operating systems, including office free for devices under 9".

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And how many pc's are out there? How many business run MS Office? I have seen companies using free office, nothing wrong with it, used it myself in quick office. But at the end of the day, most major companies go for MS Office. As a result i deal with constant daily calls of why their iphone/android doesnt natively open ms word from their work. And that they have to download a 3rd party app for it. For me at my work people that dont use office products everyday, which is a very vast majority dont know about open office or polaris. They know of google docs because of their email. But it is a tail of two worlds, if you deal in tech you know of products, if you dont deal in tech, well...

8. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

all the save doc save in adult site or lisa ann account ha ha

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

A new troll with bad English.

13. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I liked Polaris on my SII and the Padfone. Looks like Ill be using it again. Office Mobile for Android isnt up to date yet.

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