Google Buys Quick Office
The online battlefield seems to have moved quickly this year, with the Facebook IPO prompting a number of changes across the industry. The latest was announced this week, with Google buying Quickoffice.
Quickoffice make office style software for mobile devices. Their acquisition by Google comes at the same time as Google are gradually mothballing Google Docs, with all files stored there being moved across to Google Drive.
This purchase clearly shows that Google still intend to maintain a cloud based office service, and will indeed be looking to grow their market share by capitalizing on the growing market for mobile accessibility.
"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." Google say on their official blog.
As a regular user of Google Docs it will be interesting to see how they transition users across to Quickoffice style services. Will it see Google create a new service that provides productivity services on all computing devices?
In a company blog post, Quickoffice co-founder and CEO Alan Masarek said, “By combining the magic of Google’s intuitive solutions with Quickoffice’s powerful products, our shared vision for anytime, anywhere productivity can only grow.”
Quickoffice has been named among the top 50 apps for Android tablets as well as leading the list of top 5 business apps for Android smartphones. Check out the demo video below of Quickoffice at work on Android.
Some of the products available from Quickoffice, such as Quickword, Quicksheet, and Quickpoint, work across Android as well as iOS platforms although you wouldn’t be foolish to expect that the availability to the latter OS might be discontinued in the future.