Google made available today a new service that transfers Microsoft Office documents to the Web,where they can be edited by several people in near-real time, giving Microsoft Office web powers. Google Cloud Connect Office is available to anyone with a Google account and is installed as a plug-in in the 2003, 2007 and 2010 versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
If you have to collaborate on Office documents and generally send and download them as e-mail attachments, Google Cloud Connect may help you making this much more easy.
If you sometimes complain about having multiple copies of your documents, with various versions, in your PC or shared with your colleagues, Google Cloud Connect may help you making the latest version of your document available to all.
Cloud Connect uses CevApps Docs to keep an up-to-date version of a file, even while several people are working on it collaboratively through an Office program. Backups are also saved, making it easy to revert to older versions of documents.
Cloud Connect won’t allow users to edit Office documents through Google Docs. Users who want to make changes to a file will have to do so through Microsoft Office and will, of course, have to have the Cloud Connect plug-in installed.
You can install it by yourself only if you have administration rights on your PC and Microsoft Office 2003+, which is not the case for most of you. The IT department still need to test it on our configurations before making it available to the ones who need it.