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Google buys QuickOffice to enhance Google Docs on mobile devices

June 6, 2012

Google has just made a very important acquisition today. They’ve bought the QuickOffice mobile app, which is known as one of the very best, if not the best mobile office applications on any mobile platform. Along with the technology, Google also acquired the team behind it, a very experienced group of people that have been working on QuickOffice probably for more than a decade.

QuickOffice is probably the oldest mobile office app, and has been around since the early days of Symbian. QuickOffice was one of the first apps to make possible viewing and editing Office documents for many phones that didn’t get access to Microsoft’s Office suite, which they kept only for their Windows Mobile devices.

Now we know that Microsoft is not going to keep Office only for Windows devices (and Macs). This is probably because Steve Ballmer’s company risks losing its dominance in the Office space, too, if Windows 8 doesn’t turn out to be very successful, and Windows Phone continues to disappoint in the mobile market.

Google has been winning many contracts lately for large businesses and government agencies, that are switching from Microsoft’s Exchange and Office to Gmail, Google Docs, and other applications. Google’s apps are attractive because they get the job done, they require a lot less maintenance, and the overall service costs less than what Microsoft is charging.

Buying QuickOffice will also help with pushing Android into the enterprise market. Google can now offer a more fully featured office app on Android phones and tablets, which will most likely appeal to the more sophisticated customers.

Since Google has just bought the company, it will take a while until the integration with Google Docs is done, and until we see a much improved Google Docs app for Android. Probably, that will happen sometime next year. Until then, you can try out the latest version of QuickOffice Pro.