POLARIS Office gets a complete overhaul: goes free (w/ free edit) and adds own cloud service
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“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.
*Polaris is compatible with devices running on iOS 7.0 (or higher) and Android 4.0 (or higher)