Quip Adds Spreadsheets to Mobile App

Looking to re-imagine the productivity suite around communication, word-processing app Quip has just added new spreadsheet features to its work collaboration software.

Founded in July 2013 by former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor and Kevin Gibbs, who worked with him at Google, Quip's word processor lets you create documents on any device. Quip's interface combines documents and messages into a single chat-like thread of updates that aim to drive collaboration.

Now, Quip has added spreadsheets to the mix. The new spreadsheet features are built inside the Quip app, unlike Microsoft's standalone Excel spreadsheet app. Because Quip spreadsheets are part of your documents, you don't have to choose between text, images, task lists, or spreadsheets -- you can combine everything on a single page, according to the company. Quip Spreadsheets can be used on the iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and your desktop.

'Everything in One Place'

Combined with the messaging built into every Quip document, Quip enables you to have "everything in one place" on your projects. So, if you're an analyst, you can embed the raw data at the bottom of your analysis rather than sending five separate attachments, the company said.

If you're working on a budget, you can embed full-screen financial spreadsheets throughout your document -- you don't have to copy and paste between Excel and Word. Additionally, all of your colleagues can work on the same document at the same time.

"By integrating spreadsheets directly into your documents, your data isn't trapped in separate files," according to a Quip blog post. "Within your documents, you can embed full-featured spreadsheets -- as many as you want, with support for formulas, over 400 functions, and all the data formatting options you'd expect."

Different, Yet Familiar

The company said it has been working on Quip Spreadsheets with some of its customers for a...

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