Google launches Microsoft Office connector: Keep your legacy Office, use our cloud

Google launches Microsoft Office connector: Keep your legacy Office, use our cloud

Summary: Google on Monday launched a cloud connector to Microsoft Office so documents can use Google Docs to collaborate. Here's how it works.

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Google on Monday launched a cloud connector to Microsoft Office so documents can use Google Docs to collaborate.

The plug-in, dubbed Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, gives the user a direct link to sync and share documents---Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint---with Google Docs. The documents aren't reformatted in Google Docs, which is used as a go-between from your legacy Office suite to Google.

The move acknowledges a few key facts. First, users aren't ready to ditch Microsoft Office completely. And then there's the acknowledgment that Google Docs is used more to collaborate than necessarily create documents.

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Jonathan Rochelle, the group product manager at Google Docs, gave me a demo of a PowerPoint where the presentation was synchronized between two computers. Overall, the synchronization isn't as fast as what you'd find in Google Docs, but the plug-in is handy. "With Cloud Connect you use Docs as a hub. There's only one copy, but you can edit in Office and collaborate," said Rochelle.

Cloud Connect, the product of the Google's Docverse acquisition, is notable because it's an attack on one of Microsoft's cloud plans---make sharing and collaborating with Office docs easier. If Google can get Office customers to dabble with Google Docs it may have a better chance to pick up legacy accounts. It's no surprise that Cloud Connect works with Office 2003, 2007 and 2010. "We're targeting the legacy environment that doesn't want to continue to upgrade Office," said Rochelle.

Will Google's gambit work? It might. For starters, this cloud connection from Office was one of the biggest feature requests. In that respect, Google is just giving customers what they want. It remains to be seen if the Office plug-in leads to new accounts. It's likely that Google's Office connector will introduce folks to its services and it's primary selling point: Collaboration on documents.

Here's how the plug-in works:

1. Download

Install plug-in and you get this. Select log-in:

Set permissions and sign-into your Google account.

From there you sync to Google Docs with a click.

Topics: Software, Collaboration, Google, Microsoft

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  • Looks like a great tool to keep your docs synced up and backed up!

    I imagine it will eventually be available free to all paid users of Google Apps. It will make SharePoint irrelevant.

    And, a great tool for the transition away from MS Office.
    DonnieBoy
    • RE: Google launches Microsoft Office connector: Keep your legacy Office, use our cloud

      @DonnieBoy Docs by themselves, have a long way to go to be able to be a viable replacement for Office or OO.
      ItsTheBottomLine
  • Grats

    On junkifying Office with ugly toolbars Google, you couldn't have added it to the Ribbon instead? Pffft...
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • Google you get enough of my data...

    There is just no way in hell that I would give more of my data and information to Google. Sorry, clouds mean storms eventually. I like to know where my data is when it comes to my business and livelihood. Call me old fashioned, but my business is too important to rely on someone like Google to manage my data.
    ninaxd
  • RE: Google launches Microsoft Office connector: Keep your legacy Office, use our cloud

    sharepoint will never be irrelevant, and as far as google is concerned, in life...you get what you pay for. the advertising business model will die at some point... mark my words.
    cito@...
  • Too limited.

    We use Live Mesh which syncs any file between any number of machines and users with basically no limits on the number or size of files. Computers can be anywhere. Dropbox and Sugarsync are similar but Mesh tosses in Remote Desktop for administration too.
    LarsDennert
  • There'll always be room

    for cheap solutions and expensive solutions. Google has so far shown that it is a trustworthy guardian of people's data (for example, we know they collected details of WiFi networks because they told us - I'll bet lots of organisations collect details and keep it secret), and that they don't reuse it inappropriately (too many eyes watching).
    There's room for Google Docs solution and a SharePoint solution. I don't know which is better, but Sharepoint is certainly much much more expensive, over twice the price per user of the Google Apps paid version - what do you get for the extra money?
    HugoM
  • RE: Google launches Microsoft Office connector: Keep your legacy Office, use our cloud

    "The move acknowledges a few key facts. First, users aren?t ready to ditch Microsoft Office completely. And then there?s the acknowledgment that Google Docs is used more to collaborate than necessarily create documents."
    This is exactly how they are used here. Users do not like Google Docs for true office use, but they are very good at collaborative documents.
    ItsTheBottomLine
  • RE: Google launches Microsoft Office connector: Keep your legacy Office, use our cloud

    Trust your data to The Google... The Google knows what you need... The Google knows what's best for you.

    Sheesh...
    bb_apptix
  • RE: Google launches Microsoft Office connector: Keep your legacy Office, use our cloud

    Anyone know if a connector for Mac apps is available or will be?
    howardgr
  • How about a Outlook Connecter

    So I can add and edit events on a Google Calendar from outlook like live.
    Slurpdog
    • RE: Google launches Microsoft Office connector: Keep your legacy Office, use our cloud

      @Slurpdog I'm not sure what you mean but outlook events sent to me by colleagues in the office via gmail update my google calendar fine, and have for a year or two.
      MrBeck
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