This week's Google acquisition: DocVerse

Google's torrid acquisition pace continues with the purchase of DocVerse, a start-up that helps make Microsoft Office documents more collaborative, for a reported $25 million.

Google plucked another start-up from the Bay Area Friday, this time adding DocVerse to its Google Apps team.

Google will add DocVerse's Office collaboration software to Google Apps. DocVerse

The deal--which The Wall Street Journal reported was valued at $25 million--will allow Google to start blending DocVerse's Microsoft Office plug-in software into Google Apps, DocVerse and Google said in blog postings on their respective sites. DocVerse's software and service is designed to let Office users who still need a lot of the power and features of the desktop version of that software share documents and track changes with colleagues online.

The move had been expected for a while , but a Google representative said it was too soon to know how quickly DocVerse's products would get integrated into the Google Apps software. Building out the Google Apps experience is a big priority for Google this year, as it attempts to get more and more people comfortable with Internet-delivered software while antagonizing rival Microsoft .

DocVerse-- founded by two Microsoft alumni --also becomes the fourth Google acquisition in recent weeks. Since the beginning of the year, Google has purchased Picnik , and Remail , Aardvark , and it completed the previously announced purchase of On2 Technologies. That's a little ahead of the pace outlined by CEO Eric Schmidt last year to purchase one company a month.


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