Google has today announced that it will be removing the popular Quickoffice application from both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. This comes after Google announced at Google I/O that they will be focusing further on their Google Office applications, with new updates coming to the users of the Docs, Sheets and Slides applications soon.
Here’s what Google said about the removal in its announcement:
“With the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks.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 thinks that the use of their own Office applications is the way forward, with Ryan Tabone, director of product management, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Quickoffice explaining with the following statement:
“People just want to edit documents. They shouldn’t have to be rocket scientists to figure this out. You just think document, use Docs. You think spreadsheet, use Sheets, When people use one application, they have one use case in mind.”
Google’s new Office will aim to do this by allowing for use with Microsoft Office documents without having to convert anything.
The Quickoffice app will be removed in the coming weeks, however anyone who has already downloaded it will be able to use it, just without any hope of a future update.