Further on to Google’s recent upgrades of Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides, the search giant has chosen to axe Quickoffice, its app for editing Office documents.
With Docs, Sheets and Slides taking over as standalone apps, and Quickoffice integrating into those apps, it’s pretty clear Google won’t need Quickoffice as a standalone app anymore. That way, in the following weeks, it’s going to take the app from the App Store and Google Play.
"With the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks," the company said in its blog post.
"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," it added.
Evolution of Quickoffice on Google PlayStore
In 2012, Google acquired Quickoffice, to boost integration of Google Apps and Android, a time when Microsoft’s productivity suite still wasn’t available on Google App Store. There were minimal signs that Microsoft proposed to make a version of Office for the Android OS sometime soon.
Quickoffice has experiences numbers shifts under Google’s hands. In 2013, Google have awat the app to its business customers for free, while selling the standalone Quickoffice Pro app for $20. Later that year, it made Quickoffice available for free for all of its customers, integrating it to Drive, while switching off support for Quickoffice Pro around same time.
In May, Google Docs and Sheets from Drive were turned into separate standalone productivity apps for iOS and Android, with Slides app still under work.
At its annual I/O developer conference a week ago, Google launched the Slides app for iOS and Android and even enabled editing of Office documents to all its own equivalent apps, bringing main features of Quickoffice under that platform.
The integration of Quickoffice comes alongwith Google’s launch of Drive for Work, offering file encryption in transit and auditing API, which it hopes will appeal to its customers.
Google will remove the plug of Quickoffice on from both Apple’s App Store and Google Play ‘in the coming weeks’