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Google Acquires Quickoffice for Mobile Productivity Apps

Google on Tuesday announced that it had acquired Quickoffice, the mobile productivity software suite most popularly known for its Android and iOS document-editing applications.

“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,” Google engineering director Alan Warren wrote in a company blog post.

The software is most often seen touted on Android and iOS devices as an easy way to view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from their mobile phones. It’s unclear how Google will integrate Quickoffice into its product portfolio, but Google’s blog post hints at further Google app integration: “We’ll be working on bringing their powerful technology to our Apps product suite,” Warren wrote.

The assumption is, then, that we could see Google’s native productivity applications make their way to mobile.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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