June 6, 2012
Google Acquires Mobile Document Firm Quickoffice
The software, which allows users to create, view and edit documents on mobile devices, is the only serious competitor to Apple´s iWork on iOS.Google´s acquisition is expected to help the Internet search giant compete against Microsoft and others in the mobile space.
The specific terms of deal were not disclosed.
"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. It's been a very humbling experience to see this vision embraced by our users," wrote Quickoffice CEO and co-founder Alan Masarek in a blog posting.
"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,” Masarek said.
Alan Warren, Engineering Director at Google, welcomed the Quickoffice team and their users.
“We're happy to announce that we have acquired Quickoffice, a leader in office productivity solutions,” he wrote in a posting on Google´s official blog.
“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.”
Although Google and Quickoffice have not announced any specific plans, Android devices will likely see a nice productivity boost in the near future.