The tech world might be bogged down in a tidal wave of E3 and Computex news, but that hasn't stopped Google from announcing some big news of its own: The search giant has acquired QuickOffice, a suite of productivity tools for mobile devices.
Google didn't go into much detail about the deal (and revealed no information about the financial terms of the acquisition), however, the company did highlight QuickOffice's interoperability with popular file formats as a huge boon for Google Apps.
"Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device," Google's Alan Warren. "Quickoffice has an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats, and we'll be working on bringing their powerful technology to our Apps product suite."
QuickOffice is a suite that incorporates three products, one each for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. The company says its mobile app is present on 300,000,000 devices across 180 countries. Speaking about the Google deal, CEO Alan Masarek described the acquisition as a new chapter for QuickOffice.
"When we embarked on our mission to become the world leader in office productivity ... We worked very hard to build Quickoffice as a user friendly, seamless and yet powerful way to view, edit, sync and share documents anywhere, anytime," said Masarek. "It's been a very humbling experience to see this vision embraced by our users. Now, we are ushering in a new chapter with Google. By combining the magic of Google's intuitive solutions with Quickoffice's powerful products, our shared vision for anytime, anywhere productivity can only grow."
It appears the whole QuickOffice team will now join Google, though neither company revealed specifics on this issue.
I haven't used Microsoft Office since around 2000. I used OpenOffice.org for many years until Oracle screwed that up, now I'm still trying to decide between Libre (but I haven't found a Windows version for it) or Symphony (which is a bit bloated and not as intuitive).
The point is there is no good reason to be M$ Office in this day and age except to line M$'s pockets.