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Google terminates Quickoffice apps on Android, iOS

Gregg Keizer | July 1, 2014
After adding the technology to its Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, will pull Quickoffice from app stores within weeks.

To create new documents and edit existing ones on Office for iPad the user must have an active Office 365 subscription.

Google acquired Quickoffice in June 2012, then rolled the firm's development team into its Google Apps group. In the two year since, Google has used Quickoffice in its battle with Microsoft for both consumer and corporate productivity customers on mobile devices.

It baked the Quickoffice technology into its Chrome OS and Chrome browser, and relied on it to boost the fidelity of Microsoft Office documents opened in Google Apps for Business, the cloud-based suite that costs $50 per user per year, and is the Mountain View, Calif. company's linchpin in its quest for enterprise productivity customers.

The Quickoffice apps were made free on Android and iOS in September 2013, and two months later added to Android 4.4, aka "KitKat."


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