Google moves a step further in its strategy to optimize productivity solutions. With internet access becoming ubiquitous, cloud storage facilities turn into the awaited depositories for digital data. Google can now focus the development efforts into improving the administration and processing of cloud stored, instead of fragmented features in various apps. After more than two years of development, Quickoffice will be taken out soon from Google Play Store. Google Drive takes over most of the functions and Google terminates Quickoffice because the app would have turned soon into a rather redundant app.
“With the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks.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”, Google stated on the app updates blog.
Google terminates Quickoffice just two years after its acquisition
Google acquired Quickoffice in June 2012 for an unknown sum, just two months after launching Google Drive. The acquisition turned out to have some benefits for Google in a couple of directions. One of them was the improvements for both Chrome OS and Chrome browser in handling Microsoft Office documents more reliably.
The not so unexpected move probably did not happen solely based on Google’s plans. Microsoft’s early spring announcement that it will provide Office Mobile apps for free for both Android and iOS mobile platforms most likely influenced Google’s decision on the future of Quickoffice. Along with the announcement that Google terminates Quickoffice, updates were delivered for Google Drive. From now on you will be able to edit Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents in Google Drive, an advantage the Quickoffice users were already enjoying. It seems that for iOS users the Office compatibility has not been implemented so far, so if you are a Mac user, you will still have to use Google Drive’s format in collaborative document editing.
Overall, it seems like a welcomed move towards progress in cloud data administration and processing, as long as maintaining another similar app would have had wasted resources. If you prefer cloud services, establishing a common clean and as universal as possible framework will just make your work better and easier.
Quickoffice’s fans will still be able to use the app without any restrictions, just that the software will not receive updates anymore. Even if Google terminates Quickoffice, as of date, the app was still available for download.