Google buys Quickoffice

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Google continues its shopping spree as it gobbles another startup just days after they acquired Meebo.

In a brief announcement, Google said that they have acquired the Texas-based Quickoffice. The latter is an app that people consider as much better than Google’s own Google Docs.

Google Engineering Director Alan Warren said in his 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.”

Microsoft on the other hand isn’t fazed with this development.

Director of Communication for Microsoft’s Office Division told AP, “Google Aps require compromise and don’t meet the productivity needs of most people and businesses. Google’s primary focus is advertising so it’s not surprising that they are trying to address the limitations of Google Apps through acquisition.”

Google will likely add key features to the Quickoffice. The latter has been installed in more than 400,000 devices around the glove and is pegged at $15-$20.

Since 2010, Google has purchased 140 companies incurring spending $16 billion in total. The company’s acquisition of Meebo was rumored to be at a cost of $100 million.

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