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Google Acquires QuickOffice, Probably Looking to Improve Drive

QuickOffice, one of the top office suites on Android, has been acquired by Google, the Mountain View based company announced this morning. Your immediate reaction is probably the same as ours – “Time for Google Drive to get some much needed love and polishing.”

Google wouldn’t mention Drive specifically, but they did have this to say:

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.

We aren’t sure how much longer they will continue to keep QuickOffice up and running, but Google is looking forward to welcoming their team and users to the party.

Via:  Google

  • what are u guys using on your gnex to edit excel files.?

  • Glad I snagged the pro version free from amazon

    • KleenDroid

      I agree… most people already have it for free…

  • Once the acquisition is complete, they should just make it free. It’s the best of them. At least that’s what I’m finding.

    • KleenDroid

      Most people already have it for free as it was
      the Amazon free app of the day some time ago

  • MikeCiggy

    Awesome! I am using Google Drive every day and some more editing and word processing power would be very nice.

  • Rob H

    I use Quick Office Pro I think its a great buy.

    • Daniel Dlugos

      Especially considering I picked it up as the Amazon Free App of the Day.

      • michael arazan

        Loved this app on my og droid, really helped me out back then, before i got my gnex

  • Matt Gondek

    Maybe someday this will let me edit Office docs in drive rather than converting them to GDocs

    • MikeCiggy

      You can convert to Gdoc edit then download as .doc isn’t this essentially the same thing?

      • Daniel Dlugos

        No, actually, it’s not. Very close, but with some documents and spreadsheets with complex formatting, you lose a few things when you convert to a google doc.

        Sky Drive still does Office document storing and editing better than Google drive.

  • RufusX

    This is Google’s answer to Microsoft’s Office for iOS and Android this fall. Good move on Google’s part.

    • Sven Enterlein

      Both Google and QuickOffice have a LONG way to go to reach MS Office’s quality. A good start but just by purchasing a company/product it doesn’t improve.

      • michael arazan

        When does google not improve upon something

  • the banners that run at the bottom of the page are ruining this website

    • RadicalPie

      People who complain like you are ruining the Droid Life community.

  • ddevito

    Hey Google why don’t you just buy the internet and save yourself some time

  • HEY! I paid for that app! Do I get a refund?

    • Sven Enterlein

      Believe it or not, Kingsoft Office gave me a refund because they made their product free several weeks after I purchased it. But I doubt that will happen in this case.

      • I don’t really expect that. That just a funny comment, I really like where Google is going.

        • Sven Enterlein

          You probably didn’t expect that it CAN happen either, right? 😉

          • In your case, if that happened to me, I would have expected a refund. But In my case, I am not expecting a refund.

  • Ricky

    OMG Google you’re buying up everything! First Meebo now Quickoffice!

  • 2 acquisitions within 24 hours… NICE!

    • ddevito

      more like scary.

      I mean, isn’t Google a team of the smartest software engineers on the planet? I once thought so

      • Tristan Cunha

        Well when they buy these companies they don’t only get the tech, they get to hire their engineers too. You don’t stay the company with the “smartest engineers” by letting little start up gooble up all the ambitious talent out there. Getting these teams from succesful companies on board is certainly a big bonus in the long term.

        • ddevito

          it’s the big company culture that drives the talent from the small startups away.

          • KleenDroid

            I’ve never heard anyone that worked for Google complaining that they were being driven away by poor working conditions.

      • And they’ve done a great job with Google docs. They haven’t stated any reasoning behind the purchase and until then, I’m not worried.

        • ddevito

          GDocs in desktop Chrome, yes.

          On your Android…not so much

          • True, but it has gotten better. I can’t really complain about free either way.

  • Aardvark99

    Hoping the Pro version goes free now until its functionality is integrated into Drive/Docs.

  • Now Google just needs to buy T-Mobile and OnLive, so I dont have to deal with verizon and android can become a console too.

    • Rob H

      I agree I think Verizon is becoming a greedy company and I would buy from google.

    • Shnyda

      Sprint is who they need to buy, then we can deal with Google and piggy back on Verizon’s network

      • They can buy anyone they want so long as they do it well.