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Google to yank Quickoffice from Google Play and App Store

by David Needle

June 30 2014

Quickoffice offered Office-compatible spreadsheet, word processing and presentation apps.
Quickoffice offered Office-compatible spreadsheet, word processing and presentation apps.

Google has abruptly announced plans to “unpublish” its Quickoffice app suite from its own Google Play store as well as Apple’s App Store.

The removal, announced by the search giant in a brief blog post, will happen “in the coming weeks.”

Google acquired the app suite in 2012 and it was usually ranked as a strong competitor to other productive suites for the iPad designed to fill the gap left by Microsoft’s reluctance to offer a version of Office for Apple’s best-selling iPad. Among other features, Quickoffice lets you view and edit Office apps. But Microsoft finally did launch Office apps earlier this year and the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPad have been a huge hit.

Google said the reason for the removal is that Quickoffice has been integrated into Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps.

As for current Quickoffice users, Google said: “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.”

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