Google to remove QuickOffice from Play Store after Drive integration

Google has decided to remove QuickOffice from its app store. With QuickOffice now integrated into Google Docs, Sheets and Sides, it seems to be the obvious move.


At the Google I/O last week, the company spoke about its three core apps - Docs, Slides and Sheets.  Paving way for its new apps, the company plans to discontinue Google QuickOffice apps that were made available for free on Android and iOS last year in September. Google had acquired QuickOffice in 2012.


In its official apps update blog, the company writes, "With the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks.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 search giant finally has a real competitor to Microsoft Office. It has announced ‘native’ Office document editing support for Google Docs.  Users can now import documents by preserving all of Microsoft Office’s formatting. Without mentioning Microsoft, Google made it quite clear that it will allow users to save files as Word files. Users can also convert files to Google Docs format mid-edit. Google Docs and Sheets standalone apps were recently launched for Android and iOS users, and finally Slides joins the convoy. The Slides app is also available on Google Play store for editing presentations on mobile devices.


So, do not be surprised if the QuickOffice app disappears from the Play store in the coming weeks.

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