Microsoft Office Gets Google Cloud Connect For Docs
Written by Alan Thursday, 24 February 2011 06:45
Google Announced Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office today. We brought you the early preview news of this a couple of months ago. Back then it was a limited Beta, but now it is available to everyone. If you have ever wished you could have the online functionality of Google Docs, but felt chained to MS Office, then this is what you have been waiting for – the Docs cloud ability integrated neatly into Office.
Cloud Connect is a kind of bridge between Office and Docs. It works with Office 2003, 2007, and 2010 and brings Docs-type functionality to all of them. You can simultaneously collaborate with other users, view revision history, sync to the cloud, and share Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.
To get started, first download and install Cloud Connect.
Once installed you will you can try opening any of the three supported programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and you should be greeted with a message that welcomes you to Cloud Connect and prompts you to log in to your Google account. Once logged in you are connected with Google Docs.
Your every document will now be synced to Google Docs upon each Save. In addition you will see updates added by your collaborators in real time.
This is what Microsoft also wants to do with their Office 365 software but, for now, that’s still in a private beta and this is now available to everyone that has Office and a Google account.