Google Breaks Down Microsoft Office Door

Michael Vizard

Google is moving toward its goal of becoming a universal service for storing and managing documents by acquiring DocVerse, which allows users of Microsoft Office applications to share documents online.

The acquisition advances Google's ambitions for document-sharing, not only on its own platform, but also for documents created using virtually any application.

Microsoft as well as other third-party online services allow sharing of Microsoft Office documents. But with Google expanding its service, soon every similar service will support document sharing across multiple types of applications. That, in effect, is converting what were previously software-as-a-service offerings into something more akin to a cloud computing platform.

These services soon will become part of the mainstream work experience, especially as the security frameworks around them become more robust. And as these service proliferate, the ability to share documents across multiple mobile computing devices, regardless of operating system, will become a lot easier as well.

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