Google acquires Quickoffice to boost its app offering
By insightVAS - Wed Jun 06, 5:39 pm
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Google Inc. is now ready with a new weapon to foil Microsoft Corp. and others in the mobile space with the purchase of Quickoffice, the maker of a widely used mobile application for working on documents created in Microsoft’s programs for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.
Quickoffice makes those devices compatible with Microsoft Office even if the software suite isn’t installed on them. Presently Google’s online applications don’t interact well with Microsoft Office files on mobile devices, a shortcoming that Quickoffice presumably will address. As Quickoffice has an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats, Google will try working on bringing their powerful technology to Google Apps product suite. Google intends to add features to the Quickoffice app so that it can sync with work done through Google Apps on office and home computers.
This is the second deal Google announced in the first week of June 2012. Financial terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed. This deal certainly helps Google to compete its rivalry Microsoft by providing software allowing users to view, edit and create documents compatible with Microsoft formats such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
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