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Google beefs up its mobile docs with QuickOffice purchase

June 05, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Google purchased QuickOffice, the developer of various Microsoft Office-like apps for smartphones.
Google purchased QuickOffice, the developer of various Microsoft Office-like… (QuickOffice )

Google is adding some weight to its Google Docs team by purchasing Quickoffice, a startup that developed a suite of mobile apps that are essentially clones of Microsoft Office.

The purchase was announced on Google's Blog on Tuesday although no details were announced besides the actual acquisition.

"Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device," said Alan Warren, Google's engineering director. "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."

The same message was essentially echoed on Quickoffice's website with a statement that thanked the company's users.

"We worked very hard to build Quickoffice as a user friendly, seamless and yet powerful way to view, edit, sync and share documents anywhere, anytime," said Alan Masarek, Quickoffice's co-founder and CEO. "By combining the magic of Google's intuitive solutions with Quickoffice's powerful products, our shared vision for anytime, anywhere productivity can only grow."

The purchase of Quickoffice will bring Google experts in mobile as well as office productivity software that will surely beef up Google Docs' presence in the mobile sphere.

Quickoffice created Quickword, Quicksheet and Quickpoint to allow users to work on files from Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Its apps are available on Android and iOS as well as Symbian.

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