Posted December 21, 2009 12:03 pm by with 6 comments

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According to TechCrunch sources, Google is nearing the final stages of an agreement to acquire DocVerse, real-time Microsoft Office collaboration software company founded in 2007. Sources say the purchase price is $25M.

The acquisition seems to make sense as Google and Microsoft square off for battle. The DocVerse website bears the title tag “Make Word, PowerPoint and Excel Work Like Google Docs.” Although Google Docs can already import Word, PowerPoint and Excel files, and already offers the real-time (or pretty close) collaboration, they could certainly improve, especially in the file conversion area.

However, we can’t tell yet whether this will be enough as a competitor to Microsoft Office. Microsoft already has a stripped-down, cloud-based version of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote in testing with some Windows Live SkyDrive users, with public rollout to come in the next six months. Although the initial version of Word didn’t have real time collaboration, Excel did, and they hope to add more collaborative features in 2010. (And the online apps integrate with their offline counterparts, updating off- and online versions simultaneously.)

On the other hand, as TechCrunch points out, this purchase will give Google Docs a direct connection to Microsoft Office documents. This could also become a feature for Google Wave, although Google recent bought a company (Appjet) with similar software (EtherPad), which they may integrate with Wave. They’ve already opened up the software code.

What do you think? If the deal goes through, how will Google use DocVerse?

  • I’ve been a fan of DocVerse and I think this is a great acquisition by Google. Must be really exciting for both parties and I would love to see this deal happen.

  • I have seen DocVerse in action one time when I was working online with a friend. It was easy to use and can not believe it. I believe that this will be an awesome aquisition with Google; they seem to rule the online world. Who knows what else they are going to be a part of!
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  • You know I should do a search for “Google Aquires” It seems like a daily news story. Maybe I will set up a Google alert..

  • Google has way to much money laying around to waste it and this was a good move on their part. Pretty soon they will take over everything in their path, maybe even Microsoft in a few years.
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  • It all sounds like a lot of good things to come in the IT industry.

  • Net User

    I think its yet another desparate move from Google. The acquisition cost of 25m + integration costs and continual development/marketing cost will be heavy for Google and I am not sure how they would even recover that cost. In the mean time, Microsoft will come up with a better solution and probably integrate it with sharepoint online, azure, etc. to provide a complete platform as opposed to a one-off solution for word/ppt/excel and at a much cheaper price.

    Overall, i do think such acquisitions by Google are healthy for the industry and Google must keep on trying to expand its reach and create revenue streams beyond search otherwise it is only a matter of time when someone else will come up with an equivalent or better search engine and start eating on some of Google’s profits or atleast bring their profit margins down.

    However, i feel to do so Google must start focusing on building some good enterprise class products. There is still a lot to innovate there and can have direct revenue benefits.

    This seems like a stupid and desparate move to me.