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Post-I/O Cleanup: Google Cuts Orkut and Quickoffice

Google announced today that it is shutting down its first attempt at a social network, Orkut. The announcement come...

Post-I/O Cleanup: Google Cuts Orkut and Quickoffice

Google announced today that it is shutting down its first attempt at a social network, Orkut. The announcement comes just five days after the news that QuickOffice will also be no more, and its functionalities integrated into Google Drive.

 

Orkut began as a part of Google’s “20 percent” initiative, which allowed Google employees to devote a fifth of their time to a passion project.  Google says it’ll be shutting down Orkut on September 30th due to the popularity of the Google+, YouTube, and Blogger communities. Existing users have until September 2016 to export their data using Google Takeout.

 

QuickOffice has been the go-to MS Office alternative for years. After Google acquired it, it started integrating its functionalities into its Docs, Sheets, and now Slides apps. After announcing at I/O that MS Office editing, one of QuickOffice’s most valued features, would be coming to Google Docs, it seems that QuickOffice is no longer needed. The app will be pulled from the Play Store in the coming weeks, and all support will be discontinued.

 

Google has long been known to pull the plug on services it deems outdated or unnecessary. Last year, it pulled Google Reader due to competition with more popular RSS readers like Feedly. They also also cut Google Talk in 2013, replaced by Hangouts, and their sorely missed iGoogle homepage. The year before that saw the demise of the popular collaborative editor Google Wave, its features integrated into Google Drive.  

 

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