Google Buys DocVerse

Add another chapter to a series of company buy-offs between Google and Microsoft. Google Inc. has acquired a company called DocVerse to help the Internet search leader round out its online software programs and provide more ammunition in its duel with Microsoft Corp.

DocVerse provides tools that make its possible for people to use the Internet to work together on documents formatted in one of Microsoft’s word processing, spreadsheet or presentation programs. The startup was founded in 2007 by former Microsoft employees Shan Sinha and Alex DeNeui.

Google offers programs that are similar to the Microsoft software but are hosted on Web sites. The approach, sometimes dubbed “cloud computing,” is part of Google’s attempt to weaken Microsoft, which makes much of its money by selling software that’s installed on individual computer drives.

By adding DocVerse’s tools, Google appears to preparing to pitch people who feel more comfortable working with Microsoft Office applications. DocVerse estimates more than 600 million people rely on Microsoft’s Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs.

DocVerse is Google’s 9th company acquisition. So. Let’s see what Microsoft will do next …

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