It looks like Google have been on a buying spree lately, last month Google have been given the signal that they can gobble-up Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Now in just two days, Google acquired two companies, first Meebo for a reported $100 million then QuickOffice for an undisclosed amount.
Meebo the online chat service, social toolbar and ad platform rolled into one was acquired by Google and it looks like Meebo will be integrated with Google’s Google+ and Adsense way to let people earn money whenever they installed the meebo toolbar to their web site.
With a reported 100 million Meebo users, Google will surely not waste anytime in converting those 100 million Meebo users to G+ accounts. Google will also integrate the Meebo service to Google+, so that whenever a user access a site that has a Meebo toolbar, they can still chat, receive notification, posts and hang-out, plus help them earn money.
Here’s the announcement that Meebo posted on their blog.
We are happy to announce that Meebo has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google!
For more than seven years we’ve been helping publishers find deeper relationships with their users and to make their sites more social and engaging. Together with Google, we’re super jazzed to roll up our sleeves and get cracking on even bigger and better ways to help users and website owners alike.
We’ve had a blast building Meebo so far and we’re really excited to start the next leg of our journey.
Thank you all for coming along for the ride!
Today, Google announced that they’ve acquired QuickOffice; the makers of mobile productivity suite for Android, Symbian and iOS. QuickOffice has a word processing, spreadsheets and presentations that you can use to view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents using your smartphone or tablet. Quickoffice is currently installed on more than 400 million mobile device and this acquisition gave Google the upper hand against Microsoft in capturing the mobile productivity market. Microsoft still have not release any mobile version of their Office productivity suite.
Google will most likely integrate QuickOffice with their Google Docs service giving the user the ability edit, save and view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents both online and offline on your mobile device.
You can read QuickOffice announcements below.
We are delighted to announce that Quickoffice has been acquired by Google!
When we embarked on our mission to become the world leader in office productivity, we knew we were taking on a huge challenge. We worked very hard to build Quickoffice as a user friendly, seamless and yet powerful way to view, edit, sync and share documents anywhere, anytime. It’s been a very humbling experience to see this vision embraced by our users.
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.
The journey has been nothing short of incredible. Our vision has only become bigger, and our commitment stronger. We wish to sincerely thank our users and supporters over the years; you have our eternal gratitude and we invite you all to join us in embracing this next chapter.
Alan Masarek Signature
Co-Founder and CEO
Last modified: June 6, 2012