Google Buys Maker of QuickOffice Productivity App

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.

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  • dalethepcman
    "One million dollars.........." (while stroking Mr Bigglesworth)
  • Camikazi
    frozonicHmmm.... google version of microsoft office? Chromfice, your welcome google, lol.Or Google Office, since they have Google Mail, Google Docs, Google Maps, Google Earth and the rest :P
  • tntom
    Looks like Documents to Go will get bought out by Microsoft or Apple now. Although there are a few other really good suites out there too. I have always preferred Documents to Go (used since Palm days) but it has been a while since I have tried Quick Office. I feel this will be good for customers.
  • tomfreak
    Anything to get rid of Microsoft Office is a plus. I dont feel like paying Microsoft office anymore.
  • slipdisc
    TomfreakAnything to get rid of Microsoft Office is a plus. I dont feel like paying Microsoft office anymore.Simple solution: Just dont buy it and you're rid of it. Carry on.
  • chewy1963
    TomfreakAnything to get rid of Microsoft Office is a plus. I dont feel like paying Microsoft office anymore.
    I haven't used Microsoft Office since around 2000. I used 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.
  • eddieroolz
    One more app I know not to use!
  • igot1forya
    Maybe they will find a way to improve Google Docs... it's just awful.
  • hetneo
    This seems to me as if Google is making defensive move concerning their Docs and/or are intending to bring support for MS Office formats to Docs without having to negotiate terms directly with MS.
  • Great now when Google makes QuickOffice a pay only app, I'll move to a Nokia Lumia 900 and get free Mobile MS Office ;)