Google's purchase of QuickOffice a strike at Surface RT

Summary:When Google bought QuickOffice, a full office suite that runs on mobile platforms, it was thought to be a strike against Microsoft Office in the cloud. The real target may be the Surface RT tablet from Redmond.

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When Google snapped up the company behind the capable QuickOffice mobile suite just a couple of months ago it got pundits' tongues wagging. The overriding thought was Google will integrate QuickOffice into it's cloud-based Google Docs to give Microsoft Office a serious competitor.

Larry Dignan thought it was a shot across the bow of Windows 8, specifically its foray into the tablet space that was expected. With Microsoft entering the tablet space directly with its Surface tablets, Larry was prescient. Throw in the fact that Google is now making its own tablet (Nexus 7) and you have the perfect storm for Android to take on the Surface.

Android device owners are familiar with QuickOffice, specifically how good it is at working with complex Microsoft Office documents. It can't completely replace MS Office but for the majority of consumers it is more than good enough to do so.

Microsoft and enthusiasts alike are quick to point out that the ARM-based Surface RT tablet will have a full version of Office installed. How full the special version will be remains to be seen, but it is a selling point with many looking forward to the Surface later this year.

If Google ramps up integrating QuickOffice into its Android tablets the exclusive Office support the Surface RT enjoys could be short-lived. The QuickOffice Pro HD suite for Android is already a capable MS Office substitute and Google could place it front and center in the tablet war.

QuickOffice already works with major cloud storage services, including Dropbox,, and Google Docs. It is in the perfect position to take on Office RT and thus the Surface RT. The tablet war is about to get very interesting.

Topics: Google, Mobility, Developer


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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