Google today acquired, QuickOffice, a company best known for making Microsoft Office files work well on Android and iPhone.No terms were disclosed but we do know that the QuickOffice team is moving to Google and the customers will continue to be supported.
Here’s the interesting thing: the QuickOffice folks are joining Google’s Apps team, not a mobile team, according to someone familiar with the deal.
There’s a lot of speculation as to what Google wanted QuickOffice for — though it’s clear that this means that Google is getting more serious about bringing productivity apps on Android — it’s own Apps and Microsoft’s. It’s also clear that it’s ready to invest in apps that bring Microsoft Office files to Android — and iPhone/iPad — even as Microsoft drags its feet.
QuickOffice was founded in 2002. It raised $27 million total, but no new rounds since 2008, indicating it was making a living on its own. It’s got a free app, and it’s pro app is popular with enterprises.