There are three levels of integration:
- Drag file into browser window
- Open a file with the correct file extension by clicking a link on a website
- Double click a file in your operating system.
If you enable all three, you can pretty much rid yourself of Microsoft Word and Excel if you can put up with a few annoyances. First, Google Docs and Spreadsheets doesn't do Macros or Charts in Excel, so any file with those cannot be imported correctly. I have also had rendering issues in the past, so I'm not sure I can trust this service enough to render documents identically in both.
When you select the third option (double clicking a file), every time you perform that action a new copy is uploaded to Google. I normally wouldn't have a problem with that, but it doesn't overwrite the old one -- a new identical file is created each time.
As for the other new features
of the toolbar, most
already exist in the Internet Explorer version, they include:
- Custom Buttons
- Send To
- Google Account Sign-in
See the slideshow for more more details on integrating with Google Docs.