Google on Tuesday announced that it had acquired Quickoffice, a mobile app that allows users to work on Microsoft Office documents on iOS and Android systems.
Quickoffice, which is based in Plano, Texas, employs about 400 people. Google, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., ended March with more than 33,000 employees. The company picked up another 20,000 workers last month when it completed a $12.5 billion acquisition of cellphone maker Motorola Mobility.
More than 400 million devices are currently equipped with the Quickoffice app, which costs $15 to $20. It works on several types of devices, including iPad, iPhone and those running Google’s Android system. Quickoffice enables users to work on documents created in Microsoft Office for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.
What changes will it brings with Google’s acquisition of Quickoffice?
For Microsoft: Microsoft is going to release its own tablet running on the new Windows Phone 8 system in November. It is said earlier that Office app will be integrated into Windows Phone 8 and that would help Windows Phone 8 to beat Android and become the second operating system in mobile. 44% of people signify that they are willing to see Office app on Windows Phone 8 initially, because more and more people get work done on smartphones and tablet computers. Office app has become a main reason why people would choose Windows Phone 8 tablet instead of Android or iOS. Google’s acquisition of Quickoffice will make Microsoft’s resolution to develop Office app more solid.
For Google: Google’s combination with Quickoffice will give the Android operating system a new weapon to compete with Microsoft. Microsoft dismissed Google’s challenge but Google still have to work hard to integrate the Quickoffice productivity with its own Google Docs and enhance Quickoffice’s market position. By expanding the tablet distribution of Quickoffice, Google could give consumers and businesses one fewer reason to buy a product running on Microsoft’s operating system.
For Quickoffice: “By combining the magic of Google’s intuitive solutions with Quickoffice’s powerful products, our shared vision for anytime, anywhere productivity can only grow,” Quickoffice co-founder and CEO Alan Masarek in the company announcement.
For other company and users: Every time when Google buys a new product, people will see eventually the service becomes free. But for now, the Quickoffice price remains the same and the paid users can continues to enjoy to the services. We can predict that Quickoffice will be built in Android systems so that users can directly view Word, Excel and PowerPoint on Android devices. The situation for PowerPoint converters will become tougher but they still have one advantage of keeping original PowerPoint animations, transitions, music and video clips.
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