Kingsoft Adds Cloud Support to WPS Office

Kingsoft Adds Cloud Support to WPS Office

By Jack M. Germain

Apr 11, 2017 1:52 PM PT

Kingsoft on Tuesday announced that it has expanded its WPS Office suite to include WPS Cloud. The upgrade enables users to work in a cross-platform office suite environment with added storage, file roaming and sharing capabilities.

The cloud-enhanced version is available for PCs and mobile as a fully functional free release and with premium subscriptions. It runs on Linux, Windows, Mac and Android devices.

The free version is ad-supported.

Today’s mobile users are accustomed to ad-supported apps and other software, according to Cole Armstrong, senior director for global marketing at Kingsoft.

WPS Cloud is designed to work as a companion to WPS Office, offering users the benefits of cloud computing, such as flexibility and collaboration.

Cloud adoption continues to soar, according to a report by Allied Research. The personal cloud market, in particular, is expected to reach US$89.9 billion globally by 2020.

Providing cloud support with WPS Office will provide a good alternative to the likes of Microsoft’s OneDrive offering and Google’s Drive, which is part of its G Suite ecosystem, noted Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

“It will allow Kingsoft to position WPS Office as a fully capable alternative to solutions and services from larger competitors,” he told LinuxInsider.

Kingsoft first launched WPS in China almost 30 years ago. It now boasts more than 1.2 billion installs worldwide.

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