Google acquires Quickoffice, looks to bring tech to Google Apps suite

Google is to acquire mobile office app-maker Quickoffice, the company has announced on its official blog. Describing its new acquisition as a "leader in mobile productivity solutions" with "an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats," Google said it'll work to "[bring] their powerful technology to our Apps product suite." The most obvious candidate here is the mobile app for Google Drive, the new cloud storage service which replaced Google Docs a few months ago.

Google also committed itself to supporting existing Quickoffice users following the acquisition, so even after Quickoffice's tech has made its way into Google products, the stand-alone app will remain. However, it's unclear whether the Google buy-out will affect existing deals with manufacturers and carriers that see Quickoffice pre-loaded on some handsets.

This isn't the first time a major mobile platform player has acquired an office suite developer. RIM snapped up DataViz (opens in new tab), creator of Documents To Go, back in 2010. For its part, DataViz has continued to develop for iOS and Android even after the acquisition.  We'll be watching with interest to see how things pan out with Google and Quickoffice.

Source: Google Blog

Alex Dobie
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  • Just when I was prepping to buy the Windows 8 Tablet upon its release. This is very interesting.
  • I use docs to go over this all the time, but maybe, just maybe this will create a solid suite of document editing apps for the smartphone marketplace.
  • I use Docs to Go as well and there isn't much difference between the 2. I'm looking forward to it. I like Google's vision. Taking over little by little. Making smart purchases...
  • A very smart purchase for Google. Google Docs is nice, but is not nearly as fleshed out as some of the other apps like Quickoffice.
  • Maybe they bought QuickOffice because the rumored iPad/iPhone MS Office suite is actually going to happen.
  • Quick office works good but still it does not open my password protected spreadsheet whereas officesuite ask me the password and does the job for me....