Google buys Quickoffice and Meebo
Strengthens mobile apps and cloud offerings with Office compatible file formats and social advertising
Published: 8 June, 2012
Google has made two acquisitions to boost its mobile applications and cloud offerings, snapping up productivity firm Quickoffice and social network Meebo.
The former purchase comes amid reports that Microsoft is readying a version of Office for the iPad, and brings cloud-based applications, and compatibility with the Windows software, to Google's cloud Drive platform.
Quickoffice says its apps are installed on over 300m iOS and Android mobile devices in 180 countries. It also brings its new owner file translation software to make Microsoft Office files compatible with Google Apps format. Of course, there is now intense speculation that Google will end iOS support and keep all the benefits of Quickoffice's user base for Android.
The search giant's engineering director, Alan Warren, wrote on the corporate blog: "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."
The Quickoffice apps allow users to access files from various cloud storage providers such as Google Docs, Dropbox, Box, SugarSync and Evernote. As with iOS, there will now be speculation that Google will cut off those rival options.
The company has also acquired social messaging and advertising company Meebo, whose company blog post said: "For more than seven years we've been helping publishers find deeper relationships with their users and to make their sites more social and engaging. Together with Google, we're super jazzed to roll up our sleeves and get cracking on even bigger and better ways to help users and website owners alike."
The rumor mill suggested that Google might have paid around $100m for its latest prey, but it only said officially: "We are always looking for better ways to help users share content and connect with others across the web, just as they do in real life. With the Meebo team's expertise in social publisher tools, we believe they will be a great fit with the Google+ team."