Collaboration software maker Quip was acquired by the software-as-a-service (SaaS) CRM giant Salesforce in a slightly surprising $750 million deal, back in August 2016. Quip became the company's first foray into productivity software, but the app had clearly caught the attention of CEO Marc Benioff.
Quip vows to marry documents with communications, as users can create, edit, chat and comment on shared documents within the consumer-grade app.
Naturally, Quip can be used to collaborate and discuss live Salesforce reports too, including tagging a colleague on an action item and setting a deadline reminder.
Then, in November 2017 Quip announced Live Apps, an upgrade which allows users to pull live data from various applications directly into Quip documents. So users can now drag things like a team member’s calendar, a Salesforce customer record, or a Kanban project management board directly into a Quip document, ensuring it is always up to date and saving users from copying and pasting data back and forth all the time.
As the company said at the time in a blog post: “Live Apps transform Quip from a standalone product into a mighty platform that empowers you to collaborate on every service your team uses — all on a single page.”
The company also announced that it was making Quip more extensible with the Live App API, which allows customers or third parties to build live app connectors into Quip beyond the ones Salesforce provides.
21st Century Fox, Facebook, CNN and Fender guitars are all named customers of Quip.
Pricing: The enterprise edition of Quip is priced at $25 (£19) per user per month.