Yesterday Google was focused on social analytics and making Google+ an easier social network to manage, now it's turned its attention back to office productivity with the acquisition of QuickOffice, a mobile office productivity software solution.
Who Needs The Details
Hopefully you don't need too many because all Google seems to be saying right now is that it bought QuickOffice and that it
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 is considered one of the best options to work on Microsoft-based documents on the mobile — including Android, iPhone, iPad, and a few others. Of course it also supports a number of other file formats, but the key here is likely the Microsoft Office compatibility.
Beating Microsoft to Finish Line
That is what most are suggesting this acquisition is all about. Windows 8 tablets are on the horizon and you know that Office software will be an important element of what makes the tablet sell in the enterprise.
Over at ZDNet, Larry Dignan put it best:
Google should have said:
We’ve acquired Quickoffice as a nice offensive against Microsoft before it goes mobile happy with Office. We think we can integrate Apps and Quickoffice before Microsoft launches its mobile assault."
What we know is that QuickOffice is supported on over 300,000,000 devices in 180 countries - that's a lot of reach. Google says it will be integrated with Google Apps — hopefully making the Office compatibility a lot richer.