Google Buys Quickoffice

Quickoffice is the maker of a popular mobile app that allows users to edit documents created in Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Google announced the acquisition of the mobile app, thereby elevating its game against Microsoft.

The company announced the purchase on June 5. As more and more professionals switch to mobile, the need for editing documents on smartphones and tablet computers has become more demanding. Quickoffice makes editing compatible so that users can edit Microsoft Office documents on devices that aren’t installed with the software suite.

While many office-like programs are offered for free over the Internet, Quickoffice has a free lite version as well as an upgraded, more-advanced version. Google already has an application they offer for free, Google Docs. More sophisticated versions, like Google Apps, are sold in subscription packages and offer more enhanced features. Google usually makes apps free as soon as they purchase them, but in this case, Quickoffice remains a paid feature. Google will incorporate it into its current paid Google Apps suite.

Will Google push Microsoft Office out of the picture with its mobile and tablet compatible editing software? Microsoft isn’t worried. Google’s primary focus is advertising, and Google Apps don’t meet productivity needs of businesses, according to Microsoft.

Nevertheless, Quickoffice is widely used across many platforms, including iOS and Android smartphones. The acquisition means big things to come for Google and its productivity.

 

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