Google Purchases Quickoffice for Mobile Editing of Microsoft Office Documents
June 5, 2012 5:50 PM
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This will allow Google to offer both Google Docs and Quickoffice for all a mobile user's document editing needs
Google can now add another acquisition to its list of recent purchases -- the search giant just picked up Quickoffice for an undisclosed amount.
Currently, there are
no official mobile applications for Microsoft Office for iOS or Android.
Rather, Quickoffice has been the choice app for editing Office documents, and Google is apparently interested in tapping into this corner of the mobile market.
Google has its own editing app for documents called Google Docs, but this only works with Office files like .doc, .xls and .ppt on a desktop computer. The search company currently doesn't have a mobile editing program for Office documents, hence the recent Quickoffice acquisition.
Quickoffice is a mobile app that allows users to edit Microsoft Office documents on their devices like smartphones and tablets. This will allow Google to offer both Google Docs and Quickoffice for all a mobile Android user's document editing needs.
"We are ushering in a new chapter with Google," said Alan Maserak, co-founder and CEO of Quickoffice. "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 seems to be on a spending spree these days, since the search company just
acquired Meebo earlier this week for a reported $100 million
. The move aims to boost Google+ activity, which is Google's social network. Google launched Google+ in July 2011, and had millions of users join quickly within the first month. While the social network now has 170 million users, their activity is not significant -- especially compared to Facebook's 900 million active users. Meebo, a social networking company with over 100 million users in the U.S., will now help Google out with that problem.
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6/6/2012 11:16:07 AM
If only we could escape the Microsoft ecosystem and get away from these Proprietary file formats. OpenOffice document formats ought to be officially adopted by all world governments. We need to do away with the proprietary formats that only work in a single vendor's application.
Love Word? Excel? Powerpoint? Great! Keep using them. But force a shift in file formats to something free and open, like the OpenDocument format, so that we can escape single-vendor lockin.
RE: If only
6/6/2012 1:06:01 PM
Meh, I have no need to open a word document or spreadsheet in anything other than Office. I don't think anyone really has a problem being a part of the 'Microsoft ecosystem' other than people philosophically against it or CEO and other corporate types who are trying to increase profit margins and somehow think their investments in infrastructure are somehow no tcontributing towards there overall profitablity.
Open formats are great for what they are but at the end of the day I just don't get all the anger with MS pioneering things and receiving rewards for it as a result whether in userbase retention or software sales as a result of interacting with content authored in their systems in the first place. I mean, that IS innovation, isn't it?
RE: If only
6/6/2012 1:37:29 PM
The .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx are all open formats. In fact, you can rename the file to a .zip and read all of the XML files that make up each format. They are all in plain text, nothing proprietary about them. That was one of the big features of the .???x file format.
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