Google may already have Documents and Drive at its disposal, but the company has just announced that its acquiring Quickoffice to further expand its office capabilities. The main motivation behind the purchase seems to be Quickoffice’s ability to easily convert between many different office file formats. Google say that Quickoffice features will be rolled into Apps in the future.
Quickoffice also has dedicated apps for iOS and Android, something that Google may be keen to leverage for Docs going forward. Quickoffice Pro already integrates with Google Docs, as well as many other online cloud services such as Box.net, Dropbox, and MobileMe. Right now the Pro app does charge for such features, so we’ll have to wait and see if Google will begin offering the same functionality for free.
Here’s the full statement from Google:
We’re happy to announce that we have acquired Quickoffice, a leader in office productivity solutions.
Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device. Quickoffice has an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats, and we’ll be working on bringing their powerful technology to our Apps product suite.
Quickoffice has a strong base of users, and we look forward to supporting them while we work on an even more seamless, intuitive and integrated experience.
We’re excited to welcome the Quickoffice team and their users to Google.
[via The Next Web]