Quip, a mobile-focused, collaborative word processing app co-founded by former Facebook CTO Brett Taylor, released a new version on Thursday for iOS, Android and desktop that incorporates feedback the company has received since it launched in July of 2013.
The main draw of Quip is that it is a self described “post-mobile” processor — working directly in the cloud and built for collaboration. Its cross-platform approach, which it has had from launch, means that companies can work and collaborate on documents, even with a BYOD system in place. Secondly, it incorporates a chat feature, designed in the vein of other corporate chats like Slack or Yammer, to keep collaborators in the loop.
In addition to a new design across platforms, built for easier maneuvering between documents and chat, Quip now has new publishing and search features to help its users find and quickly share documents. The platform’s new publishing system allows users to send and share documents through Quip via link. Others can then opened and read the documents without installing the app.
The platform’s new built-in search is a full-text engine that not only sifts through text but also uses standard operators (like “To” and “From”) to help tailor search around folders or specific users. Quip’s mobile keyboard now automatically includes those search functions, so users can select them quickly without typing them out.
The startup says that it is now used by more than 5,000 companies globally, including Instagram and Path.
See a video of Taylor talking about the design choices he’s made at Quip onstage at Roadmap 2013:
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