For all the praise Microsoft received when launching Office for iPad a few weeks ago, its trio of apps mostly adapts the old ways of creating, editing and sharing documents to the iPad and the cloud. Their collaboration features are still limited.
Collaboration, on the other end, is at the heart of Quip. While it was mostly seen as a nicely designed text editing app when it launched on the App store last July –when Word was still nowhere in sight–, it quickly evolved into a collaboration tool for 5,000 companies.
Granted, most of these corporate users are probably very small, but some are much bigger, including Facebook where Quip’s co-founder Bret Taylor was previously CTO.
Quip sells them business and enterprise versions but no so much via a traditional sales force. Taylor says all corporate customers discovered Quip from the App store first, and then the app spread out within the company, The New Web reports.
Quip cleverly combines text editing functions with an in-app messaging system which both enable a higher level of collaboration when editing documents.
But until this week, you had to have already created a Quip account to be exposed to Quip’s features.
Version 2.0 should significantly expand the reach of the platform thanks to two new features.
The first one is the ability to publish any document and share it via a link. Anyone can read a document with this link. To edit it, users must register and log in on a computer browser, or install the Quip iPad, iPhone or Android app.
The second new feature may seem unimpressive: The ability to export any Quip doc into the .docx Word format. This doesn’t sound much. But combined with the publish-to-link function, it now allows all Quip users to reach out more frequently and more easily to all the non users they work with. We can expect much more workers to hear about Quip and be inclined to test it.
Quip 2.0 introduces two additional features:
- A full document and message search function based on search operators (e.g. from:, mention:, in:), available on all devices but of particular interest on phones, where search is usually much less convenient than on larger screens; and
- A revamped design, allowing users to pin their most frequently used document on their Quip desktop.
While the basic Quip app is still free, the standard business license is $12 per user per month.
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