Are you someone who has not fully made a switch to the Google Docs planet and still use Microsoft Office because of MS Office's awesome interface? But by using MS Office, you are letting yourself behind on using the best of class cloud features provided by Google Docs. So here is a new way in which you can leverage the power of Google Docs even while using Microsoft Office.
Presenting Google Cloud Connect - a new tool from Google using which people can continue to use the MS Office interface which they are comfortable with, while reaping many of the benefits of web-based collaboration that Google Docs has to offer.
From the initial images of Google Cloud Connect (shown above) as released by Google, it seems that this service will be integrated into your Microsoft Office applications as a toolbar. Here are a few salient features of Google Cloud Connect:
- If you use Office 2003, 2007 and 2010, you can sync your Office documents to the Google cloud without even opening Google Docs.
- After your documents are synced and backed-up, you get an unique URL using which you can access your documents anywhere, anytime and even from mobile devices.
- After you sync your documents with Google Docs, you can also easily share your documents let them edited by multiple people from right within Microsoft Office.
- You can also access a full revision history which is generated as the files are edited. This revision history can be used to revert to earlier versions easily.
Google Cloud Connect is basically an extension of a product called DocVerse which was acquired earlier this year by Google. Google Cloud is not yet available officially for everyone. However Google Apps for Business customers can request for a request for a preview here. For everyone else including us, we have to wait before Google makes it live!
via Google Enterprise Blog