Google has acquired the makers of an office productivity suite called Quickoffice, according to a statement posted on Google’s blog on Tuesday. Quickoffice does for mobile devices what Google Docs did for the Web by allowing people to share and edit documents and spreadsheets remotely from their smartphones and tablets.
“Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device,” wrote Google engineering director Alan Warren in a blog post. “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.”
Quickoffice lets people share and edit their Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel spreadsheets without having to send an attachment by email. The freemium service works on iPhone, iPad, Android, Android tablet, and Symbian devices and connects to remote services like Huddle, SugarSync, MobileMe, Dropbox, Google Docs, and Box.net.
“When we embarked on our mission to become the world leader in office productivity, we knew we were taking on a huge challenge,” Alan Masarek, co-founder and CEO of Quickoffice, Inc. explained in a letter to his customers on the company website. “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.”
Google’s new service will compete with Microsoft’s Windows 8, which moves the company’s most popular products like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into the cloud and across multiple devices; and connects with social media.
The terms of the sale were not disclosed.