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Monday, February 16, 2015

Google quietly announces plan to kill Quickoffice apps after beefing up Drive's editing

A little more than a year after Google introduced Quickoffice for Android and iOS,
the company quietly announced that the apps will soon be pulled from
Play and the App Stores. "With the integration of Quickoffice into the
Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be
unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks," the
company said on the Google Apps blog.

Current users will still be able to use Quickoffice on their devices,
but development of the app has stopped and new users won't be able to
download it once it's pulled.

Although the two apps are only about 14 months old, the end of
Quickoffice for Android and iOS was not unexpected. In April, Google
introduced standalone apps for Docs and Sheets, two of the company's primary services previously attached to Google Drive.

Then, during the Google I/O keynote last Wednesday, the company took
the wraps off its presentation app, Slides, for Android—an iOS version
is forthcoming. Google also announced plans to beef up the capabilities
Drive suite of apps by including the ability to edit Microsoft Office files natively,
eliminating the need to converting documents, slideshows, and
spreadsheets to Google's formats—a feature that was a key selling point
for Quickoffice.

Office compatibility has yet to land on Google's iOS apps, however,
and you'll still need to convert your Office documents to Drive's
formats to take advantage of Google's collaborative document editing.

Google acquired Quickoffice
in June 2012 in order to bring improved Microsoft Office compatibility
to its productivity suite. Google then used Quickoffice largely to make
Google Apps for Business more attractive.  Apps for Business is the
company's premium enterprise suite that includes Drive, Calendar, Gmail,
and Hangouts.

Originally, Google's Quickoffice mobile apps were free to enterprise
users, while consumers had to pay for the pro versions of the app. That
ended in September 2013, when Google made Quickoffice free to all.

Now with Microsoft Office compatibility coming to Google's Docs,
Sheets, and Slides, there's little reason to keep Quickoffice going. At
this writing the Quickoffice apps were still available on both app
stores. While the time of the suite's death is still hazy, expect
Quickoffice to disappear once Google's trio of Drive apps are updated
with those native Office editing capabilities.

[via Computerworld]

 | PCWorld

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