Google Pulls The Plug On Quickoffice For Android And iOS

For anyone that follows the technology space, you're used to this refrain. A promising startup is acquired, and the monolithic corporation that acquired it dabbles on a bit before shutting it down entirely. Sometimes, it's more frustrating than others. When Google acquired Sparrow, many were left upset about the state of the left-for-dead email client. But when Google acquired Quickoffice, it went on to integrate those features into its own products while leaving the core product available to download.

It's a best-of-both-worlds scenario, but it doesn't happen often. And, these things don't last forever. Following Google I/O, the company has quietly announced that Quickoffice will be yanked from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Why? Quickoffice will be fully and completely integrated into Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. In those apps, the Quickoffice code will allow users to actually open and edit full-on Microsoft Office documents within a Google environment, so overall it feels like a win.

At least we aren't losing the Quickoffice functionality, but you will have to dive even deeper into Google's lair if you want to continue taking advantage.