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Google buys DocVerse

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Mar 2010 19:34 User comments (3)

Google buys DocVerse Google has announced its acquisition of DocVerse, a technology company that allows people to edit Microsoft Office in the cloud.
The company paid $25 million for the company, the latest in its long string of acquisitions.

Google will immediately add the service to its Google Docs suite.

Reads the official blog post:

The future of productivity applications is in the cloud. We've always believed the web is the best platform for creating and sharing information, and Google Docs has already helped millions of people become more productive. But we recognize that many people are still accustomed to desktop software. So as we continue to improve Google Docs and Google Sites as rich collaboration tools, we’re also making it easier for people to transition to the cloud, and interoperate with desktop applications like Microsoft Office.

For example, we recently made it possible to use Google Docs to store and share any type of file that you have on your computer, not just the ones you create online. Today we’re excited to announce another step towards seamless interoperability: we have acquired DocVerse.

DocVerse is a small, nimble team of talented developers who share our vision, and they’ve enabled true collaboration right within Microsoft Office. With DocVerse, people can begin to experience some of the benefits of web-based collaboration using the traditional Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint desktop applications.

A huge "welcome" to the DocVerse team and their customers! Current DocVerse users can keep using the product as usual, though we’ve suspended new sign-ups until we’re ready to share what's next. Stay tuned!

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3 user comments

16.3.2010 1:27

The question is what isn't google buying now?

26.3.2010 5:16

The question is: Why on earth would anyone want to use Microsoft Office? The wordpad that comes with windows 7 works better than word, and the Openoffice spreadsheet program is far better than excel...about the only thing office does well is powerpoint...and that is just a glorified slideshow creator.

38.3.2010 6:22

Originally posted by KillerBug:
The question is: Why on earth would anyone want to use Microsoft Office? The wordpad that comes with windows 7 works better than word, and the Openoffice spreadsheet program is far better than excel...about the only thing office does well is powerpoint...and that is just a glorified slideshow creator.

don't forget OpenOffice will play those slideshows for you.... less the security flawed linking..... the DEFCON 1 security breach that Microsoft wouldn't fix because it is a "Feature"
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so even powerpoint is replaced by opensource

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