Another Acquisition: Google Snags Quickoffice

Posted by · June 5, 2012 10:47 am

Google aquisition QuickofficeGoogle has an announcement: It’s buying another company. Taking to the official Google blog on Tuesday morning, the web giant excitedly reported that it has acquired Quickoffice. Described as “a leader in office productivity solutions,” Quickoffice is slated to within the ever expanding, cloud-based Google Apps suite.

“Quickoffice has an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats,” the Google blog noted, as well as “a strong base of users.”

Sharing in the celebration was Quickoffice co-founder and CEO Alan Masarek. After exclaiming that he was “delighted” about the acquisition, Masarek continued:

When we embarked on our mission to become the world leader in office productivity, we knew we were taking on a huge challenge. 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. It’s been a very humbling experience to see this vision embraced by our users.

Now that it’s been scooped up by Google, the Quickoffice co-founder hopes that, combined with a little “magic” from the web giant, user productivity will continue to flourish.

To get a better idea of just how much influence Google just bought, Quickoffice is currently installed on more than 300 million devices in over 180 countries worldwide. And since its 1997 founding, Quickoffice has raised some $28.5 million in venture funds—allowing for the ultimate development of its attractive suite of free and paid apps.

Check out the video below to see how Quickoffice works:

Echoing Engadget’s Joseph Volpe’s take on the Google-Quickoffice deal: “It’s safe to say that the company just bought itself an existing suit-and-tie user base and a mobile future filled with even more native productivity applications.”

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