Many of you know QuickOffice, one of the best applications to open and edit native Microsoft Office files from mobile devices. The suite - purchased by Google last year - might become something more than just a replacement for Word, Excel and Power Point. The news that some influential American newspapers speak of a real attack to the queen of desktop software, Microsoft.
In short, Google is working to integrate QuickOffice as a cloud service within Chrome. The goal, explains in an article ReadWrite is not so much to dethrone Office from the desktop world, but rather to build an alternative to the Microsoft Web application and in particular the so-called Office Web Apps.
The ability to run a complete software directly from the heart of a browser so popular (used by default by more than 16% of users, data NetMarket Share) would in fact Google to take advantage of a fast-track to "tame" all that fringe of users today prefer to play it safe by focusing on the Redmond software.
Truth be told for years that we are talking about an open challenge between Microsoft and Google for the scepter of office applications. Even with the advent of Google Docs (before) and Drive (then) many had predicted the end of the monopoly of Office, but the truth is that - at least so far - Office software is must-have for any business organization. It is no coincidence that the division of Redmond Business invoices each year about $ 23 billion thanks to the sales performance of its suite queen.
The acquisition of QuickOffice opens, however, all new roads to boost Google's ambitions. QuickOffice is in fact an application to the Office world much closer than it is Google Docs, since it allows you to open and edit Word, Excel and Power Point keeping in good part layout, formatting, and specific features of the native file.
It remains to be seen if and when Google will officially transfer QuickOffice on Chrome (at the moment to read Office files from a browser, you must install the add on Chrome Office Viewer, still in Beta) and especially how Microsoft will react before the next moves Mountain View. For the time from Redmond merely ironic - and in a not-too-veiled - on Google's strategy and its effects on users' work.