Google buys mobile document maker Quickoffice

Google on Tuesday said it had acquired the software firm Quickoffice, which allows users to create and edit documents on mobile devices.

The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, helps Google compete against Microsoft and others in the mobile space with the software allowing users to view, edit and create documents compatible with Microsoft formats such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

“We worked very hard to build Quickoffice as a user friendly, seamless and yet powerful way to view, edit, sync and share documents anywhere, anytime. It’s been a very humbling experience to see this vision embraced by our users,” Quickoffice co-founder Alan Masarek said. “Now, we are ushering in a new chapter with Google.”

Alan Warren, Google’s engineering director, called Quickoffice “a leader in office productivity solutions.”

“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,” Warren said on the Google blog.

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