Google retires Quickoffice in favour of own apps


Google has announced that it is removing its Quickoffice app from the Play Store and Apple’s iTunes App Store as the office suit’s features have already been integrated into Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps. 

The Quickoffice suite lets users view, edit and create Word, Excel (spreadsheets) and PowerPoint (presentations) documents, and store them on Google Drive, the company’s cloud storage solution. 

The Mountain View giant announced the move on its Google Apps blog. It also said that existing Quickoffice users can continue to use the app, however, no new features will be added and that new users will not be able to install the app on their smartphones. 

The move was expected as Google’s cloud based Office apps (Docs, Sheets and Slides) and Quickoffice offer essentially the same features. Google had acquired Quickoffice in June 2012 and had made the iPad version of the app free for ‘Google Apps for Business’ customers, a few months later. Last year, it offered the same privilege to Android users and also extended the iPad app to iPhone. 

In September 2013, Google made Quickoffice mobile app free for both Android and iOS users. The move had come shortly after Apple announced free iWork apps (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) for new iOS device users.

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