Google acquires cloud-based Quickoffice

This latest acquisition adds to company's ever-expanding pool of apps and could bolster Google Docs service.

Google has acquired Quickoffice, a cloud-based enterprise that provides mobile access office programs, Google announced today.

Quickoffice's software allows users to view, edit, and create Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on their mobile device.

"Today, consumers, businesses, and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device," according to a Google blog post. "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."

Both companies see the acquisition as a way to integrate the app into a Google's existing services, which include Google Docs.

"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," Quickoffice co-founder Alan Masarek said in a blog post today. "It's been a very humbling experience to see this vision embraced by our users. Now, we are ushering in a new chapter with Google. By combining the magic of Google's intuitive solutions with Quickoffice's powerful products, our shared vision for anytime, anywhere productivity can only grow."

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