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With the precipitous rise of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, particularly within the enterprise as "bring your own device," or BYOD, policies pop up throughout corporate IT departments, much of that focus is shifting toward keeping workers productive while on the go.
That provided an opportunity for a small start-up called Quickoffice to step up and address that demand. There are other offerings like DataViz's Documents To Go, but Quickoffice boasts higher ratings among users. Google just announced that it has acquired the small company and will be joining Big G's Apps team.
Financial terms weren't disclosed, but this move is continued evidence of Google's unparalleled moat-building prowess. Make an acquisition, then make the offering free, and bundle it in with Google's plethora of other services. It's not hard to imagine Google packaging a free productivity suite into Android phones and tablets.
Perhaps more importantly, Microsoft is widely expected to release a version of Office for the iPad later this year, after similar rumors fizzled last year. The New York Times is separately confirming the existence of such a project, according to its sources, although the timeframe remains up in the air. Needless to say, Microsoft will release Office for its tablet-bound Windows 8, so whipping up an iPad or iOS-friendly version isn't much of a stretch there.
With the Quickoffice acquisition, Google is further cranking up the mobile productivity suite heat on Mr. Softy.
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