Jun 05 AT 11:12 AM Anthony Domanico 24 Comments

Google acquires Quickoffice; Drive enhancements incoming?

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Quickoffice is one of my favorite productivity-oriented Android apps on the market. I regularly turn to the tablet-version of the Quickoffice application to get key tasks done where Google Drive (formerly, Docs) simply doesn’t cut it. Google has announced via the Google Blog today that they have officially acquired Quickoffice, and will be integrating Quickoffice technology into future Google Apps products.

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.

Quickoffice has a strong base of users, and we look forward to supporting them while we work on an even more seamless, intuitive and integrated experience.Google

Google will continue to provide Quickoffice’s current customers support via their application, but will likely flip the kill switch at some point after the technology is fully integrated into Google Drive. I, for one, am excited to see what comes out of this acquistion, as Google Drive needs some key improvements if it is to compete with Office products.

Source: Google Blog

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Here’s to hoping that Google will FINALLY give us a good editor on both phones and tablets!

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      yeah, this is what we all are hoping for.

    • zerosix

      A good FREE and offline editor, that’s important. Free.
      Screw apple and it’s $30-office.

      • 666

        Woah. You’re entitled to nothing. And nothing is free, expect ads.

  • JPB

    I actually prefer KingSoft Office because it seems faster and has more options for editing on the fly . Also integrates with DropBox, Google Drive, and Box.net. I have to wonder if Google will allow that with this.

    • Legend

      Considering dropbox and box.net are Google’s competitors, I highly doubt it.

  • ericl5112

    Quickoffice is very popular on iOS as well. Wonder if google will either provide a Drive/Docs app for them, or if they will simply kill the app, or what they will do.

    • zerosix

      Of course they will. They let them use Google maps, GMail, Drive and so on. And they let them see ads:)

  • oddball

    This is a real step towards turning Google drive into a serious player for business. This is a great addition to Google’s portfolio and I am really looking forward to seeing what they do with this going forward.

  • Noven

    I was sort of hoping to see a Libre Office app for Android in the future. This may turn out to be what I have been looking for.

    • cthonctic

      Actually yes, a LibreOffice app that is somewhat integrated with the desktop version would be absolutely great.

      • awundrin

        I concur. I recently switched from OpenOffice to LibereOFfice due to bug issues at OO. So far, so good!

  • cthonctic

    Ah nice, this is promising good things for GDocs’ future. I mostly use Kingsoft right now, but if Docs is a more well-rounded option, I’m ready to switch full-time.

  • alexanderharri3

    Quickoffice is one of the more polished, compatible MS Office apps for android. Polaris can’t save properly to be compatible without error.

  • fletchtb

    Not a flashy move on Google’s part, but I like the focus on productivity. QuickOffice in combination with Google Drive offers some real promise!

  • spazby

    i think this has a huge potential, come on google, do your magic

  • shadhussain

    I’ve desperately looked for Android solutions in working with MS Office files on my Transformer Prime. Docs (now Drive) never did a good job of preserving formats after importing files but I recently discovered Cloudon that renders MS Office documents without any loss of formatting. However it’s still a poor tablet-touch experience. If Google can take Quickoffice, tweak it and introduce a new Drive product that’s fully-featured, functional, and seamlessly works on Android and on the web (through desktops), then we’ll have something to be excited about.

    I’ll be holding my breath … only for a few a months though. Otherwise I might have to pick up one of those dual-booting Asus devices!

  • skyflakes

    Hopefully this marks the end of bundled reader-only office apps!

  • Slith

    Reading this literally made my day.

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      What kind of ingredients do you need to literally make a day?

      • guyb99

        My Gnex, a bottle of gin and a redhead usually do the trick!

        • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

          How do you prepare them? Do you poach them, boil them, bake them, fry them?

  • Tetra

    I have tried a lot of office apps for mobile, and I consider PolarisOffice to be the best.

  • shaffy
  1. Here’s to hoping that Google will FINALLY give us a good editor on both phones and tablets!

  2. JPBGuest 3 years ago

    I actually prefer KingSoft Office because it seems faster and has more options for editing on the fly . Also integrates with DropBox, Google Drive, and Box.net. I have to wonder if Google will allow that with this.

    • Considering dropbox and box.net are Google’s competitors, I highly doubt it.

  3. Quickoffice is very popular on iOS as well. Wonder if google will either provide a Drive/Docs app for them, or if they will simply kill the app, or what they will do.

    • Of course they will. They let them use Google maps, GMail, Drive and so on. And they let them see ads:)

  4. This is a real step towards turning Google drive into a serious player for business. This is a great addition to Google’s portfolio and I am really looking forward to seeing what they do with this going forward.

  5. I was sort of hoping to see a Libre Office app for Android in the future. This may turn out to be what I have been looking for.

    • Actually yes, a LibreOffice app that is somewhat integrated with the desktop version would be absolutely great.

      • I concur. I recently switched from OpenOffice to LibereOFfice due to bug issues at OO. So far, so good!

  6. Ah nice, this is promising good things for GDocs’ future. I mostly use Kingsoft right now, but if Docs is a more well-rounded option, I’m ready to switch full-time.

  7. Quickoffice is one of the more polished, compatible MS Office apps for android. Polaris can’t save properly to be compatible without error.

  8. Not a flashy move on Google’s part, but I like the focus on productivity. QuickOffice in combination with Google Drive offers some real promise!

  9. i think this has a huge potential, come on google, do your magic

  10. I’ve desperately looked for Android solutions in working with MS Office files on my Transformer Prime. Docs (now Drive) never did a good job of preserving formats after importing files but I recently discovered Cloudon that renders MS Office documents without any loss of formatting. However it’s still a poor tablet-touch experience. If Google can take Quickoffice, tweak it and introduce a new Drive product that’s fully-featured, functional, and seamlessly works on Android and on the web (through desktops), then we’ll have something to be excited about.

    I’ll be holding my breath … only for a few a months though. Otherwise I might have to pick up one of those dual-booting Asus devices!

  11. Hopefully this marks the end of bundled reader-only office apps!

  12. Reading this literally made my day.

  13. TetraGuest 3 years ago

    I have tried a lot of office apps for mobile, and I consider PolarisOffice to be the best.