Google Inc. gobbled up yet another start-up Friday with the acquisition of DocVerse, which makes a group editing tool for Microsoft Office. The 3-year-old DocVerse is Google's fourth buy in less than a month.
Google could transform DocVerse into a companion for the search giant's Docs software suite, enabling someone working on a document in Microsoft's Word program to collaborate with others using Google's Web-based applications.
The Mountain View, Calif., company hinted at such integration in its blog post.
"As we continue to improve Google Docs and Google Sites as rich collaboration tools, we're also making it easier for people to transition to the cloud and interoperate with desktop applications like Microsoft Office," wrote Jonathan Rochelle, the group product manager of Google Apps. "The future of productivity applications is in the cloud." In "cloud computing," programs and data are stored on remote servers instead of users' own computers.
A Google spokeswoman wouldn't disclose details of the deal, but the Wall Street Journal pegged the final price at $25 million.