Google Ready to Kill Quickoffice for iOS, Android

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Google is ready to pull Quickoffice from Apple's App Store for the iPhone and iPad as well as it's own Google Play store for Android. The Internet search giant said the app for editing Microsoft Office documents has outlived its usefulness thanks to recent Google Docs updates.

Google says Quickoffice getting pulled from App StoreGoogle says Quickoffice getting pulled from App Store

The company said in a blog post,

With the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks. Existing users with the app can continue to use it, but no features will be added and new users will not be able to install the app.

The death of Quickdrive doesn't come as a big surprise now that Google has added the ability to natively edit Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files without first converting them to the company's proprietary file format. The app also seemed redundant now that it has unbundled the Office Suite editing apps into Google Docs and Google Sheets for iOS and Android, and Google Slides for Android.

iPhone and iPad users that rely on Quickoffice shouldn't, however, ditch the app just yet because the iOS versions of Docs and Sheets don't include all of the features found in the Android versions, and Google Slides isn't available at all yet.

Google Docs and Google Sheets are available as free downloads at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.

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Once Google started unbundling its Office-compatible productivity apps it was pretty clear Quickoffice was short for this world.

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Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump
An another one bites the dust
Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump
And another one’s gone, another one’s gone
Another one bites the dust

Apologies to Queen but that’s what comes to mind with Google.
Set up a service, get bored with it, kill it.


In fairness, in this case the core functionality of Quickoffice can already be found in other Google products, so it’s not likely that anyone who’s invested in this platform is SOL.

Scott B in DC

QuickOffice was lousy and its ratings are proof of that.

Google Docs and Sheets are part of the Google “we’re going to scrape your data to monetize you” infrastructure. I would rather pay for an app than to be part of Google’s monetization. Right now, I use TextExpander for typing then copy the results either to Evernote or DropBox to format on my iMac.

Eventually, I may pay either for Pages or MS Office. But for now, this works for me!

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