New users will no longer be offered the Quickoffice mobile productivity suite. Instead, mobile users are urged to adopt Google Drive apps instead. Quickoffice app was acquired by Google about two years ago. It has since been integrated into Google Drive. With the integration into Google Drive, a standalone Quickoffice app has become redundant.
Expect Quickoffice to be taken down from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store sometime in the next week or so.
Quickoffice is popular because of its compatibility with Microsoft Office. With Quickoffice being fully integrated into Google Drive, you can edit Microsoft Office documents within Google Drive apps including Docs, Sheets and Slides.
“With the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will go away,” Google explained in a blog post. “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 integration into Google Drive comes after Google recently broke Google Drive into four separate apps. Google Drive is now a file management app. The other three apps are broken up into Docs, Sheets and Slides. One of the biggest features added to the apps was support for offline mode. Editing and creating docs can be done offline with the data stored locally. It’s then synced to Google’s servers once connected back online.
The Google Drive suite of apps are available for free on Android and iOS devices. The apps aren’t available on Microsoft’s Windows Phones platform. Those users have their own native versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.