Of late, Google has been on acquisition spree. Today, Google has announced that it has acquired QuickOffice, cross-mobile-platform productivity suite for an undisclosed amount. Quickoffice allows users to create and edit documents like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on their mobile devices.
From Google’s official blogpost:
We’re happy to announce that we have acquired Quickoffice, a leader in office productivity solutions.
Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device. 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 has a strong base of users, and we look forward to supporting them while we work on an even more seamless, intuitive and integrated experience.
We’re excited to welcome the Quickoffice team and their users to Google.
QuickOffice team will be joining Google apps team and not Google mobile team. Google will continue to support QuickOffice’s existing customers.
Founded in 1997, QuickOffice has raised a total of $28.5 million from Mayfield Fund, Advantage Capital Partners, and Shepherd Ventures.
Why is this acquisition important
Recently, Google made changes to Google Docs and integrated Google Drive, a file storage and sync service, with 5GB of free storage. Google Drive also offers ability to edit the file live on Google docs. However, it’s an easy task to create and edit documents on Google Docs on desktop, on mobile it’s an altogether different game. Here’s where QuickOffice will come into picture. Apart from that, this acquisition will also give Google seamless interoperability with popular file formats. Currently, Quickoffice app is available on iPhones, iPad, Android, Android tablets, and Symbian devices.
More recently, it is rumored that Microsoft’s office suite might be getting to Apple’s iPad. Microsoft Office 15, the up-coming version of Microsoft’s productivity app suite, will run on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone.