Google Acquires Quickoffice to Bolster Apps and Docs

Google wants to improve its set of mobile office apps

Google Apps hasn't taken the world by storm, but things move slower in the enterprise world. But Google is amassing a nice collection of apps and services for the office, leading with the Docs apps.

Yet the office is increasingly becoming mobile and, despite having a solid Docs app, Google has acquired Quickoffice, the maker of the mobile suite of the same name.

"Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device," Google wrote.

"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," it said.

Quickoffice has support for Microsoft's office formats and a rather solid set of apps. Google is likely interested in the team as much as in the technology as it plans to improve its own set of mobile office apps.

"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," Quickoffice wrote.

"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 said.

For now, the existing Quickoffice apps will continue to work and Google says it will support them, but it will be working on something new in the meantime, so it looks like the end of the road for the apps in their current form.

Google is betting on the mobile office and probably for good reason. More and more companies are relying on smartphones to keep their employees close and productive. Having a set of products that spans the cloud, the desktop and mobile devices may seem compelling to the companies already interested in Apps, i.e. more forward-looking companies.

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