Google Acquires Quickoffice
Quickoffice, the mobile document editing software (that particularly handles documents from the Microsoft Office suite well), has been acquired by Google. Announced on Google’s official blog, Google plans to intergrate Quickoffice‘s technology in to their own Apps product suite,
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.
In a statement released by Quickoffice CEO and Co-Founder, Alan Masarek, he stated his confidence in the acquisition and the shared vision of the two companies,
By combining the magic of Google’s intuitive solutions with Quickoffice‘s powerful products, our shared vision for anytime, anywhere productivity can only grow.
As a result of the acquisition, Quickoffice is shutting down its Connect by Quickoffice product (its document syncing solution). All paid users of the service will be refunded and will be able to migrate their data to either Google Drive or another provider of their choice.
It’s possible that Google made this move in anticipation of the Microsoft Office Suite coming to other platforms (specifically iOS) in the near future. The rumors and even screenshots of Office running on an iPad seem to signify that Microsoft’s release on iOS may be a solid leak.
The details about the deal were not made public by Google.