Perhaps the main benefit of Google Apps is that they all tend to be interrelated. However, Google is always looking for something new to add to its portfolio.
So, it doesn’t come as any surprise to me that the company has acquired yet another business. I believe this acquisition, however, is more about getting one over on Microsoft than anything else.
The software and the company behind it that Google bought out is called Quickoffice, which apparently allows anyone to work on Microsoft Office documents on their mobile device; that is their mobile phone and tablet.
By integrating Quickoffice into its current portfolio of applications, Google hopes that Microsoft will struggle. The software giant created its own cloud version of its famous office products but so far it’s failed to make much impression on the business market. Acquiring Quickoffice will no doubt ensure Google’s dominance.
This point has not been lost on the former CEO and founder of Quickoffice, Alan Masarek, who is apparently very pleased with the buyout. He told mobilenapps.com: “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 for Google, they are more than happy to offer a new benefit to their own customers. Allan Warren, Google’s Engineer Director added: “Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device. 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.”