And just like that, Google snaps up mobile productivity suite Quickoffice

By , Jun 5, 2012

Whoa, looks like another iOS app developer (not exclusive, though) just ended up engulfed in the Google ecosystem as the search giant announced its acquisition of the popular mobile app productivity maker Quickoffice for an undisclosed sum.

The news arrives just as we learned yesterday of Google’s intentions to snap up popular instant messaging maker Meebo for a rumored hundred million dollars…

The search Goliath confirmed the acquisition in a post by engineering director Alan Warren over at the official Google blog:

We’re happy to announce that we have acquired Quickoffice, a leader in office productivity solutions.

Google underscored its intention to keep on supporting “a strong base” of Quickoffice users, reassuring users it will be working on “an even more seamless, intuitive and integrated experience”. The company also acknowledged intentions to bring Quickoffice’s “powerful technology to our Apps product suite”.

Quickoffice CEO and co-founder Alan Masarek, of course, is full of praise for the combination of “the magic of Google’s intuitive solutions with Quickoffice’s powerful products”.

It’s unclear how this development will affect Google’s pretty basic Docs app for Android devices.

Quickoffice, which lets users create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on their mobile devices, has been a hit across mobile platforms.

Their mobile app is currently installed on over 300 million devices in more than 180 countries. I reviewed their excellent iOS suite over at Geek.com in October of 2009, shortly following the software’s debut on the App Store.

A few updates later, Quickoffice is still my go-to Office replacement on both iOS devices and Android smartphones and tablets.

While there are plenty of Office alternatives on the App Store, hopefully this acquisition won’t slow down the pace of development in respect to the iOS platform.

What’s your take?

Is this another case of Google snapping up a successful iOS software developer in order to make its Android platform more appealing?

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  • http://twitter.com/ronmora Ron Mora

    Good for Google. Apple better hit a home run with their upcoming IOS 6 apps or they should start acquiring app companies like everyone else.

    • Anonymous

      Apple have and still do acquire new companies all the time. I’ve lost count of the amount of companies they’ve eaten up over the years. The new maps software due to debut with iOS6 is a perfect example of aquired technology, given Apple have bought up 3 separate maps businesses over the last few years.

      • http://twitter.com/ronmora Ron Mora

        Can’t wait to see what they unveil soon.

      • Anonymous

        Me too!

  • Anonymous

    If you can’t beat them, buy them

  • Anonymous

    This is one of the BEST APPS in the entire App Store! I think that Google made a brilliant move purchasing this company. I think, they are going to integrate the app with Google Documents. That would be awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

    Either Google is starting to get real desperate, or they are nervous about what Apple is about to come out with. Love the competition.

  • Anonymous

    Smart move by Quickoffice. If Microsoft does indeed deliver Office for iPad this year…their business dies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1341165407 John L Nguyen

    & Google should give it out for free!!