Google has acquired Quickoffice for an undisclosed sum, and the move is billed as a way to bridge Google Apps, mobile and Quickoffice in order to counter Microsoft's Windows 8 and Office mobile ambitions.
(Credit: Quickoffice )
The timing of the Google-Quickoffice deal makes a lot of sense; Microsoft has Windows 8 on the runway, is touting new form factors and Office will be the main productivity case for the company.
When you add up the moving parts, Microsoft Office is probably the most compelling reason to use a Windows 8 tablet going forward — at least, for businesses. Microsoft is likely to integrate Windows 8 and Office in a big way. In other words, Microsoft's big mobile plays will depend on Office.
From the Google side of the equation, the search giant has the following assets:
Android devices everywhere
Google Apps integration with those devices
Quickoffice, which serves as an almost de facto office suite for many folks.
Quickoffice CEO Alan Masarek said:
We are ushering in a new chapter with Google. By combining the magic of Google's intuitive solutions with Quickoffice's powerful products, our shared vision for anytime, anywhere productivity can only grow.
Via ZDNet US