Google acquired Quickoffice a few years ago in hopes that the suite of productivity apps would help bolster its own offerings in Google Drive. While Google was working to improve Docs, Slides, Sheets, and all its other Drive apps, Quickoffice remained available in the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store. Now, just a few days after Google announced the key improvements it has made to its own app suite at the I/O developer conference, it stated that Quickoffice will no longer exist, and is pulling the apps from both Android and iOS stores.
After all, now that Google’s apps support native Word document editing, offline access, data encryption for enterprise clients, and most of the other features that Quickoffice offers, keeping the other app around doesn’t make sense. Users can now use the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps from Google to do everything that they used to do in Quickoffice, but they will have the added benefit of Drive cloud storage to sweeten the deal.
Google stated that those who have Quickoffice installed on their phones and tablets will still be able to use the app if they so choose, but Google will no longer issue updates on the Play Store. New users will not be able to download the app either, so Quickoffice is essentially dead.
Luckily, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive are waiting in the wings to snap up new users. All of Google’s productivity apps are available for free on the Play Store and iOS App Store, as is Drive, which gives users 15GB of free cloud storage. Now that the app suite is fully functional and easy to use online and offline, it’s a viable free alternative to Microsoft’s rather expensive Office 365 subscription.
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