Google is making a play to expand its efforts for adding and improving its productivity software products. This week, the company announced that it has acquired Quickoffice, which develops and sells a line of office software made mostly for smartphones and tablets.
In a post on its official blog, Google stated:
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.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, Google hinted strongly that at some point it will try to integrate its new Quickoffice products with its current Google Apps software. Until that happens, Google said that it will continue to support Openoffice software for its current users.
Versions of Quickoffice have been released for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Symbian-based smartphones and tablets. The software includes applications such as Quickword, Quicksheet and QuickPoint, all of which are compatible with documents made in Microsoft Office formats. The Quickoffice website said that its software has been installed in over 300 million devices since it was launched.