QuickOffice to be Free for TouchPad, Paid for Smartphones
One of the biggest criticisms of WebOS since its debut on the original Pre over two years ago has been the appalling lack of a native Microsoft Office-compatible app for viewing, editing, and creating documents. Viewer-only versions of Documents To Go are available for WebOS 1.x smartphones while the Veer and TouchPad currently ship with a read-only version of QuickOffice. However, a version of QuickOffice with editing capabilities remains unreleased a year after it was first referenced. DataViz dropped support for WebOS entirely last year shortly before being acquired by RIM.
While it's not exactly a hard release date, QuickOffice has made an update to their website clarifying the situation about the differences between the full versions of QuickOffice on WebOS 2.x smartphone vs WebOS 3.x tablets. TouchPad users will receive the full version of QuickOffice for free via a forthcoming App Catalog release. Smartphone users, presumably including all current and legacy WebOS 1.x and 2.x devices, will have to pay for the full version of QuickOffice. QuickOffice states that smartphone users signing up now to their mailing list will receive a "special exclusive discount when the paid upgrade is available".