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Google's Quickoffice Purchase Takes Aim At Windows 8

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the going-for-center-mass dept.

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alphadogg writes "Google announced Tuesday it has acquired Quickoffice, whose software could bolster Google Apps on tablets and smartphones. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Google's second buyout in two days (yesterday it announced the acquisition of social/advertising company Meebo) gives the company more ammunition in its fight for the mobile office versus Microsoft, which is steaming ahead with Windows 8 and its Office apps. Quickoffice offers apps for Android and Apple iOS tablets and smartphones, but it's unclear what will become of the iOS ones under Google's domain."

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63 comments

FRIST POST! (-1, Offtopic)

some1somewhere (642060) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230477)

YAY!

Apple's weakness is in the office suite (3, Interesting)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230501)

On the Macs, Apple relies on Microsoft to provide the office suites

On the iPad / iPhone, Apples again relies on others to provide the office suites

Which means, unless Apple purchases a 3rd party which made office suite for iOS, it may have to settle with an office suite that is owned by Google

Re:Apple's weakness is in the office suite (5, Informative)

Calos (2281322) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230529)

iWork seems to be pretty decent for most things. I don't have much experience myself but I know others who use it regularly, except when needing something with the power of Excel.

Re:Apple's weakness is in the office suite (4, Informative)

k(wi)r(kipedia) (2648849) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230541)

Not to worry. If Apple feels really threatened, it has enough money to buy any other online or offline office suite manufacturer. Corel? Zoho? And don't count out Apple's own iWork, which is probably good enough for users that find QuickOffice and Google Docs good enough.

Re:Apple's weakness is in the office suite (1)

OS2toMAC (1327679) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230705)

Microsoft.

Re:Apple's weakness is in the office suite (3, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230593)

Apple provides iWork on iOS and OS X. Apple has a licensing deal with Microsoft that gives them access to the file formats for office, and can work moderately well with them. On OS X, for example, you can view PowerPoint presentations and Word documents in QuickView from the Finder.

Re:Apple's weakness is in the office suite (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40230731)

modded up

Re:Apple's weakness is in the office suite (3, Funny)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 2 years ago | (#40231329)

It's just a sig, you know.

Re:Apple's weakness is in the office suite (1)

shokk (187512) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230599)

Are you still seeing two sides in this game? The enemy of my enemy of my enemy of my enemy is very much alive here. Google will bolster iOS momentarily just enough to bring Win8 down.

Re:Apple's weakness is in the office suite (2)

ozmanjusri (601766) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230791)

Why would they bother when Microsoft is doing so well at that themselves?

Re:Apple's weakness is in the office suite (1)

mystikkman (1487801) | more than 2 years ago | (#40231099)

>Which means, unless Apple purchases a 3rd party which made office suite for iOS, it may have to settle with an office suite that is owned by Google

There are strong rumors suggesting that Microsoft will be releasing Office for iOS in the fall. In fact, this story was posted only 3 hours ago.

http://www.itproportal.com/2012/06/06/office-ipad-launching-november/ [itproportal.com]

Re:Apple's weakness is in the office suite (1)

EvilBudMan (588716) | more than 2 years ago | (#40236205)

No worry Apple can just buy Microsoft & Facebook and then they have it all.

Re:FRIST POST! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40230503)

This is very exciting, i love my google tablet and how it communicates with my pc via chrome and google apps, cant wait to get this going...now if only they would make googel music better looking...go android...

Re:FRIST POST! (3, Insightful)

RubberMallet (2499906) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230557)

> make googel music better looking

Or.. accessible to places outside the US...

Re:FRIST POST! (2)

OverkillTASF (670675) | more than 2 years ago | (#40231651)

That's not Google's doing, it's the legal hoops put up by the music industry in each country. Blame them.

Re:FRIST POST! (1)

Errol backfiring (1280012) | more than 2 years ago | (#40233941)

The Great Firewall of America? The USA is a lot like China these days...

Re:FRIST POST! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40235097)

NO, it's that you have get okay from Music Monopolies in Germany as an example before you can sell things to people in Germany and it's pretty much the same all over the world. It's not the USA's doing, it's each countries doing and Google needs to make happy with foreign governments.

Re:FRIST POST! (1)

samoanbiscuit (1273176) | more than 2 years ago | (#40232207)

A lot of other companies and services that Americans take for granted are not accessible outside a small number of industrialized countries. Even Apple's media stores are very different creatures outside the US. Their much lauded " no DRM for music" stance becomes laughable when they still have DRMed music in other countries stores. The huge selection of movies and tv shows becomes significantly emptier in other countries. Amazon is another company with highly US-centric web services, outside of the US, only Kindle books are reliably purchasable, their movies and music much less so. While a great deal of effort and attention is payed by these companies to the US market (and rightly so, I don't dispute that it's one of the largest consumer markets and certainly the wealthiest), Android's success outside the US seems more to do with how Samsung, HTC and other asian players have people and products on the ground in other markets that those other companies (Google, Apple, etc) don't have.

Re:FRIST POST! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40231399)

i love my google tablet

You are either lying or stupid. *Every* single person I ever knew who bought an android tablet returned it after a couple of days and bought an iPad. It just sucks that much.

Think different.
Think better.
Think APPLE!

Re:FRIST POST! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40234091)

This AC crops up again and again with essentially the same post with the. It's really hard to decide if they're actually anti-Apple (appearing like a retarded Apple fanboi to try to discredit Apple) or if they really *are* a retarded Apple fanboi...

Either way, it's a pretty sad and bizarre way to spend your time (and yes, I'm aware that my reply might be seem in a similar light but this is a one-off, not something I do repeatedly).

Re:FRIST POST! (1)

Ayanami_R (1725178) | more than 2 years ago | (#40236807)

Well then call me stupid, but I prefer my TF300 over the iPad. Yes, I have used one, for 2 weeks after dropping my original tf101. It was an exercise in pure frustration. Editing text in text boxes alone drove me away from it. Then there is the letterboxing of widescreen content because the device, touted as one of the best ways to consume media, isn't widescreen. Getting my own music onto it was painful, playing my own video was equally painful. It refused to play nice with my DLNA setup, hell just accessing network shares took some effort. The youtube app is HORRIBLE and for a device that supposedly has no bloatware I could not remove newsstand, imessage, or a few other things I knew I wasn't going to use. Then there's itunes... I couldn't fully "sync" with more than 1 computer at a time. REALLY!? I threw some documents to take to work on it and then couldn't transfer them to my desktop. I missed widgets the most, having to open 8 apps instead of just a few swipes though my homescreens was painful.

Will Google opensource it? (2)

k(wi)r(kipedia) (2648849) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230499)

Since this is an app and not a backend, this seems like "logical" speculation. With a few notable exceptions, most of the downloadable Google software appears to be open source to some extent.

Re:Will Google opensource it? (1, Troll)

Dog-Cow (21281) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230821)

A few notable exceptions... like every single Android app?

You really didn't think this one through, did you?

Re:Will Google opensource it? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#40231385)

Like Google sky? Oh wait that one is open source.
Or maybe basically all the system apps, nope those are open source too.

Basically just market, goggles and maps are closed up.

Not every single Android app. I doubt they will open this up, but surely not every single Android app Google has made is closed.

Re:Will Google opensource it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40232215)

I think he meant software made by Google not software available from Google app store.

Docs (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230505)

If I can get at all my content down and work off line and be able to sync up with it later then I'm really looking forward to this. My HTC doesn't really want to play along with docs right now. the page is blocked here. Does it say anything about collaborative editing?

Completing another piece of the jigsaw (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40230517)

I'm guessing here, but we have to consider that Office Apps are required for a platform to be seriously considered by the enterprise. Microsoft have Office, Apple have iWork, and this gives Google QuickOffice. All three also have an online viewing/editing/storage option too.

What can we expect in the future then? Google will presumably make the software free at some point, bundled with their platforms. Tablet Androids would be first, and then at some point a port to Google's ChromeOS must surely happen to make these devices more attractive. However I wonder how easy it will be to take software optimised for mobile devices with small screens and translate it to a laptop or desktop environment.

Re:Completing another piece of the jigsaw (5, Insightful)

lpp (115405) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230649)

What I find interesting is how Microsoft still uses the Office suite to fend off threats to the real reason it is still entrenched in many back offices... Exchange.

I've personally seen many businesses try alternative office suites only to say that while they are more or less happy with the replacements for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and the like, they didn't feel they could drop Outlook because they rely so heavily on the collaborative features of Exchange.

These companies don't want to migrate to Google's cloud based offering because they want things kept on premises. And there isn't a compelling all-in-one alternative to Exchange that is as easily tied in with their existing systems (e.g. auto-login via Windows authentication). So because they keep Exchange, they keep Outlook. Because they keep Outlook, they keep Office. And so the wheel turns.

Re:Completing another piece of the jigsaw (5, Interesting)

JasterBobaMereel (1102861) | more than 2 years ago | (#40231609)

My experience is that both Exchange and Outlook are both terrible, badly written and hard to maintain..... but work just that bit better than the alternatives, and users are familiar with it and it does everything they need (which seems to be different for each user...)

Re:Exchange and Outlook ... hard to maintain... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40231933)

I'm not going to refute your experience with Exchange, but I will mention that where I work, we use Google Apps, and there is a calendar bug [google.com] that is preventing people from accessing their calendars. This has been a problem for nearly 3 weeks now, and all I have to tell my complaining users is a 12 day old response in a forum stating that they've identified an issue and are working on it. Granted, that's less stress for me as I can't really do anything, but I don't think my users are very appreciative.

Re:Exchange and Outlook ... hard to maintain... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40232647)

Outlook still occasionally loses all calendars from the favorites folder, which makes them effectively useless for anyone that doesn't know how to (or want to) browse the public folders tree for the shared resource calendars.

It does this randomly, and has since 2003.

Re:Exchange and Outlook ... hard to maintain... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40234837)

Outlook still occasionally loses all calendars from the favorites folder, which makes them effectively useless for anyone that doesn't know how to (or want to) browse the public folders tree for the shared resource calendars.

Or they could just right-click on the user/meeting room in their email (start typing what they want in the to: field and it autocompletes or open the normal address book if it is a resource never used before) and open calendar and it will automatically be added for later use. Don't dispute the bug you are talking about, but I'm working in a 10k+ user environment heavily using Exchange/Outlook and have never heard about it.

Re:Exchange and Outlook ... hard to maintain... (1)

smudj (1983234) | more than 2 years ago | (#40234863)

Google Apps is great, until Google decides to remove a key feature and replace it with an updated feature at some undisclosed time in the futura, ala Google Docs offline suite that used to work great with Gears. It's also been my experience that Google doesn't really seem to understand what "enterprise" support is. "oh, gmail is down in that part of the US, it will be back soon, thanks for using Google." Finally, you also need to hope Google doesn't piss off any other countries, like they did with China, forcing my company to add more VPN capability to access GMail from China. I have an email from a Google VP assuring me that Google would work hard to make sure that it's services would remain available in China without a VPN. Recent calls to Google support about connectivity issues...are basically "sorry, it's not our fault, use a VPN, we can't/won't help you. Thanks for using Google, this support incident will be closed"

Re:Exchange and Outlook ... hard to maintain... (1)

EvilBudMan (588716) | more than 2 years ago | (#40236271)

How exactly is Exchange hard to maintain? I understand it doesn't scale well but it ends up in small businesses mainly.

Re:Completing another piece of the jigsaw (1)

0x537461746943 (781157) | more than 2 years ago | (#40236749)

You must not have tried Lotus Notes. I am a heavy Linux user at work and home and generally try to use non-microsoft stuff when I can but after being forced to switch to Lotus Notes from Exchange I now realize how good we had it with Exchange.

Re:Completing another piece of the jigsaw (1)

EvilBudMan (588716) | more than 2 years ago | (#40236251)

--What I find interesting is how Microsoft still uses the Office suite to fend off threats to the real reason it is still entrenched in many back offices... Exchange.--

Nothing else quite like it especially for a small business. So yes, Office, is what Microsoft really has. It's been a cash cow for years, but it's kinda worth it.

Re:Completing another piece of the jigsaw (1)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 2 years ago | (#40233843)

Is QuickOffice really that much better than Google Docs?

Yeah, I know, the Google Docs app was never that great (a craptastically bad front end to their website, which would occasionally have problems logging in resulting in the HTML login box fading in and out), but I can't believe it would have been that hard to fix the major issues with it. The underlying office suite is pretty nice.

Re:Completing another piece of the jigsaw (1)

EvilBudMan (588716) | more than 2 years ago | (#40236301)

I'm confused. I thought they were very similar.

Google branded Androids (5, Insightful)

GeLeTo (527660) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230581)

Quickoffice will be one of the carrots to lure manifacturers to use the Google branded version of Android instead of rolling their own ( Amazon, Baidu Yi ). This is their primary incentive, not Windows 8.

Re:Google branded Androids (0)

iserlohn (49556) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230641)

+1 Insightful (If I had mod points)

Re:Google branded Androids (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 2 years ago | (#40233375)

Quickoffice will be one of the carrots to lure manifacturers to use the Google branded version of Android instead of rolling their own

The manufacturers will still probably roll their own so they can have branding and the opportunity to inject some additional revenue streams and crapware. The carriers will add theirs as well.

Why sell you a device that doesn't also steer a little more revenues their way or reinforce their branding?

If the manufacturer isn't going to act like a greedy ass, the carrier will.

Re:Google branded Androids (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#40235511)

That would make sense if QuickOffice was the only Office suite for Android, or at least the best one - but that's not the case. As it is, Polaris Office is superior in most respects (and rather popular among Android OEMs - I don't think you can even buy it in the app store). And long-term, SoftMaker will soon release their office suite for Android (currently in public beta), which rips all competitors apart in terms of MS Office format fidelity.

I love the smell of FUD in the morning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40230605)

but it's unclear what will become of the iOS ones under Google's domain

Horrible (3, Informative)

imamac (1083405) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230633)

Quickoffice has some of the worst reviews for an office app on iOS. 1-2 stars. I would think Google could afford something a but better.

Re:Horrible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40230723)

Wordperfect?

Re:Horrible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40230735)

Lotus Smartsuite ?

Re:Horrible (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | more than 2 years ago | (#40240881)

You're making me horny.

Re:Horrible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40230793)

Maybe Google think that by buying it they can make it better?

Re:Horrible (2)

witherstaff (713820) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230825)

emacs? It's an office suite, email program, IDE, and even has a text editor.

Re:Horrible (1)

azcoyote (1101073) | more than 2 years ago | (#40230895)

I agree. They should have bought OfficeSuite instead. I have both on the Android, and QuickOffice is incredibly buggy, slow, very likely not to be able to open files made in other programs (including Microsoft Word), and rarely if ever updated. The only benefit of it is that it shows documents in page view, instead of just reflowed text. Sure it's got a nice interface and some good options, but it just isn't as productive a product.

Re:Horrible (1)

hawkeyeMI (412577) | more than 2 years ago | (#40232081)

I prefer Documents to Go, but I have no idea if that's supported on iOS. It even integrates with Google Docs.

Re:Horrible (1)

azcoyote (1101073) | more than 2 years ago | (#40238371)

Docs to Go would have been better than QuickOffice, too. All three programs integrate with Google Docs though.

Re:Horrible (1)

Nehmo (757404) | more than 2 years ago | (#40233541)

Quickoffice has some of the worst reviews for an office app on iOS. 1-2 stars. I would think Google could afford something a but better.

I support that - as long as it's a female "but better". :-) You probably composed that in your browser, but if you had done it in MS Word, you would have gotten a squeakily blue underline. I wouldn't know what Quickoffice would do because I don't have it. I do my word processing stuff in regular o' Office in Windows. I'm looking for reviews for Quickoffice. On their site [quickoffice.com] , everything is positive. On Amazon, Quickoffice got 3.4 out of 5 stars. Which reviews are you referring to? And which version and type are you referring to?

Re:Horrible (1)

imamac (1083405) | more than 2 years ago | (#40234689)

The iTunes app store for iOS. And I did mean "bit".

Re:Horrible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40235349)

I personally have tested all major office apps on android, QuickOffice, Documents to Go, OfficeSuite, Kingsoft Office, and I have yet to find a good enough solution to even view documents and presentations from fellow students.

I have tested the SoftMaker Office for android beta, and I have high hopes for it, even in its beta state it seems to handle documents quite well, at least better than all alternatives tested so far and it works locally, no sending to the cloud to translate deals.

I think google should have adquired a better suite, even docs to go has better reviews and score in the market.

Re:Horrible (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#40235525)

Polaris Office is also pretty good, but you can't buy it separately - it either comes with your device or it does not.

Re:Horrible (1)

EvilBudMan (588716) | more than 2 years ago | (#40236331)

I think mine has that and I haven't even opened it up.

Re:Horrible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40289113)

I personally have tested all major office apps on android, QuickOffice, Documents to Go, OfficeSuite, Kingsoft Office, and I have yet to find a good enough solution to even view documents and presentations from fellow students.

I have tested the SoftMaker Office for android beta, and I have high hopes for it, even in its beta state it seems to handle documents quite well, at least better than all alternatives tested so far and it works locally, no sending to the cloud to translate deals.

I think google should have adquired a better suite, even docs to go has better reviews and score in the market.

Have you tested Thinkfree yet. It came with Android/Samsung device.

Re:Horrible (1)

EvilBudMan (588716) | more than 2 years ago | (#40236317)

I think the Android version might be better or at least the reviews are better on Google Play or whatever they are calling it these days.

Meebo, eh? (1)

MonsterTrimble (1205334) | more than 2 years ago | (#40231487)

Interesting with respect to Meebo. I used them extensively for a year or two starting in 2007 and their system was quite good - it handled AIM, MSN, Yahoo & Facebook better then almost anyone else - including Pidgin & Trillian. I stopped using it regularly when I switched jobs but I'm interested to see that they had kept building their repitoire. Now with Google in the game, that's a lot of capital to really push forward. Maybe it's time to revisit Google Plus?

Mobile... office software? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40232145)

What demented moron or sadomasochist would do any serious office correspondence, typing, etc., beyond what you can do with e-mail in plain, vanilla, unadorned text using a tablet or a phone? Typing for hours and hours on such a device seems like madness to me, but maybe that's just because I know how to touch-type, and don't enjoy "typing" (if you can call it that) with my thumbs, or trying to use the hilariously pathetic rendition of touch-key keyboard they put on such devices.

Just my fiftieth of a dollar.

This is good (1)

CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) | more than 2 years ago | (#40233627)

The more competition there is for MS Office, the better. MS Office has become a bloated POS over the years and I hate the new Ribbon interface. LibreOffice is currently my choice for office suite.
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