Google has acquired Quickoffice in an attempt to boost its Apps suite of productivity tools.
The buyout takes the search giant into direct contention with Microsoft, as QuickOffice has already found success in competing against Office and other productivity software providers in documents such as PDF files on mobile devices.
Other than contending against Microsoft Office, Quickoffice productivity software will allow Google to enhance its services for Apps users, with the company promising to continue support for its current users.
“Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device,” says a blog post from Alan Warren, Google engineering director. “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.”
Quickoffice is currently available for download on several mobile operating systems, such as iOS and Android, both of which offering popular free and paid versions.