Why pay for Office for the iPad? These 5 great free suites give you all you need.

Free is good, and so are these five alternatives to Office on the iPad.

Don't like the idea of paying for Office for the iPad? There's no need to. Instead, use these great free suites you can get today.

HopTo

This suite does more than just let you read and create Word documents and edit Excel files on your iPad. It's also been built to work with multiple cloud-based storage services, including Google Drive, ConnectBox, Dropbox, and OneDrive. You'll also be able to access files on your PC. There's more as well, including a great search that finds files through multiple cloud storage providers. For anyone who uses the cloud with iPad, this is a must-have.

Quickoffice

This free suite from Google lets you create, open, and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, as well as open and view PDFs. It's available for Android devices and well as the iPad and iPhone. Naturally, it works with your Google Drive account as well.

Kingsoft Office

Kingston Office has a word processor, presentation software, and a spreadsheet. It lets you create, open and work with Microsoft Office documents. There's also a free version available for Android.

Google Docs

There's no actual Google Docs app for the iPad. Instead, you get to it via the Web. But it still works, and it has the benefit of working with every other device you own as well. Because it's Web-based, you can even use it on someone else's device.

CloudOn

Here's another suite built from the ground up for working in the cloud. You'll be able to create, edit, read and share documents, presentations, and spreadsheets on multiple cloud services, including Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Hightail, and OneDrive. It's also great for collaboration, letting you share files, and annotate them for others to see as well.

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