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Google’s Quickoffice makes a quiet exit

When Google bought Quickoffice in 2012, it was a challenge to Microsoft — lord supreme of work productivity software. Now the Internet behemoth is quietly killing Quickoffice after building up Drive with extra editing functions.

Google noted in a blog post last Wednesday that it will be pulling Quickoffice apps from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks. Existing customers can continue using the app, but Google will not be updating the software.

Quickoffice was a promising mobile app company in 2009 when it released its office suite for iPhone — beating Microsoft to the punch. When Google acquired the company, it made Quickoffice compatible with Drive, Google’s cloud storage offering. Users could then not only write and edit on the go but could also use the app to convert Microsoft Word docs to Drive.

Now it seems to be folding the entire office line into Drive. In April the company released standalone app versions of Docs and Sheets, so perhaps it’s no surprise that Quickoffice is getting killed. Also, just last week Google announced new Drive features like the ability to natively edit Microsoft docs — which Quickoffice used to do — and Drive for Work, a $10 per month service that provides unlimited storage and heightened security. With these added features in Google Drive, Quickoffice was just a duplication of efforts.

The death of Quickoffice appears to be part of a little spring cleaning project at Google. This morning the company also killed its social network Orkut. While time has run out for Orkut, Quickoffice is still available in the App Store as of this writing.

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9 comments
Mike Pohlable
Mike Pohlable

Well... this stucks.  QuickOffice opens an xlsx file on my phone (downloaded directly to it).  Sheets doesn't see it.  Drive sees it and gives a preview, but won't open it (and the preview is illegible.  They better buff up sheets if this is really going away.

Taylor Nelson
Taylor Nelson

Not sure it's really dead..."killing" seems deceptive, since drive now allows you to save in office formats and is compatible with Microsoft--you have to imagine some of the programming guts of Quickoffice were coopted for this...

Kay Xspre
Kay Xspre

I retained Quickoffice due to the fact it allowed me to view offline documents. I don't think Google Drive is possible...

Eshaan Sharma
Eshaan Sharma

Yep. Our team tried collaborating on Office 360 but we felt so hassled with it that we went back to Google Drive.

VentureBeat
VentureBeat

Agreed, it's just so easy and accessible.

Eshaan Sharma
Eshaan Sharma

Good move. Google Drive is steadily moving towards it's goal of becoming industry standard.