Google is quietly killing off its Quickoffice App. In a brief update on the Google Apps blog, the company said that the app will be unpublished from Google Play and the  Apple App Store in the coming weeks.

Existing users can continue to use the app, but there will be no new features added and new users cannot install the app. The company says the functions of Quickoffice have been integrated into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps.

Quickoffice hasn’t been around for very long, (it’s just over a year old)  and Google made it free to all users back in the fall of 2013. The app is  highly regarded and allows you to create and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentation files that are compatible with Microsoft office as well as access Google Drive and view PDFs.  The app has nearly 100,000 5-star reviews in the Google Play store and according to Google, more than 10 million installations on devices.

Users can download separate free apps for Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides to perform the same functions. Those services were spun off from the Google Drive App back in the spring.  This required users to install four apps instead of one, but did come with improvements to each app.

Google purchased QuickOffice  two years in order to make it possible for users to open and easily edit Microsoft Office documents. Google has a history of buying up services and shutting them down after integrating some of the features into other Google products.

~ Cynthia