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Web search giant Google has revealed its most recent acquisition, coming in the form of office productivity solutions provider Quickoffice.

Quickoffice enables smartphone and tablet users to create, view as well as edit documents, which are compatible with Microsoft Office formats including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This suite is available for Android-powered mobile devices, Apple’s iPhone and iPad, as well as Symbian-running smartphones.

The financial terms of this deal were not disclosed.

“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,” explained Alan Warren, engineering director at Google.

Warren stated that Quickoffice has a strong base of users, which the search giant will be supporting when the Quickoffice team is integrated into Google’s structures.

Alan Masarek, co-founder and CEO of Quickoffice added that his company, “worked very hard to build Quickoffice as a user friendly, seamless and yet powerful way to view, edit, sync and share documents anywhere, anytime.”

“Now, we are ushering in a new chapter with Google. By combining the magic of Google’s intuitive solutions with Quickoffice’s powerful products, our shared vision for anytime, anywhere productivity can only grow,” Masarek concluded.

We believe the  purchase is much needed, seeing that in our opinion, the Office experience on new Windows Phone OS devices is simply superb, leaving Android trailing in the dust.  

In related news, Google recently completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility after China’s antitrust authorities joined its US and EU counterparts in giving the company the green light for the deal. The search giant also released the latest Android mobile operating system (OS) usage information, indicating which version of the mobile OS is the most used.

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