Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Google gives up on mobile Google Docs, buys Quickoffice to go native | Mobile apps - InfoWorld

A perhaps extreme take on a surprising acquisition
"All this is why Google revealed today that it has bought Quickoffice, a small company whose Quickoffice Pro productivity suite is the only serious business editing tool for Android and the only serious competitor to Apple's iWork on iOS -- it even beats iWork in several key functions. In other words, Google has thrown in the towel on making a real, rich app work via HTML only, at least in the mobile context. (Dataviz's once-leading Documents to Go has all but disappeared with no significant updates since BlackBerry maker Research in Motion bought its key assets 18 months ago.)
If any company could have -- and should have -- made mobile Web apps work like native local apps, it is Google. For Google to have given up means that the chances for Microsoft to make its Office 365 suite work on mobile are remote at best; Office 365 too is essentially unusable on mobile devices."
Google gives up on mobile Google Docs, buys Quickoffice to go native | Mobile apps - InfoWorld
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