Google Cloud Connect Syncs Microsoft Office With Google Docs

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Love the awesomeness of Google Docs, with real-time collaboration and never worrying about your hard drive exploding, taking down all of your documents, but stuck using Microsoft Office? They just got together with Google Cloud Connect.

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Illustration for article titled Google Cloud Connect Syncs Microsoft Office With Google Docs

A simple plug-in from Google launching today effectively turns Microsoft Office into a front-end for Google Docs (aptly named "Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office plug-in"). So everything you type in Word, every number you punch in Excel or spreadsheet you whip up in Powerpoint is perfectly synced and backed up to your Google Docs account—and you can collaborate with other Google Docs users.

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The catch? Right now it only works for Office on Windows, because the APIs aren't there for Office on Mac.

Combined with editing for mobile devices, Google Docs just got a lot more awesome. It's pretty clever, too—while not everybody's down with editing and working with documents in a browser window, using Google Docs as a web tying together documents from all kinds of devices and applications makes it a lot easier to slip into. [Google]

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Giuseppe Naylor

Stuck using Office?!?!?! If you are a business professional, you use Office, end of discussion. Don't even start on OpenOffice, which is an underpowered rip-off of some of Microsoft's best work.

No one is "stuck" using Office. Even Office Live compares quite favorably to Google Docs in ALL ways, including usability and "freeness." And by "compares" I mean beats GD to a bloody pulp and steals GD's girlfriend.

In addition, just in case anyone lives under a rock, Office can also upload files to "the cloud" for free, with 25 GB of storage space to work with, the same that Google offers for their paying business customers. Office 2010 starter is included with most new computers, and is also free, as is Office Live.

As a pure comparison, Microsoft may have come late to the party, but they definitely brought two 24 packs with them.

(After all of that, Office for Mac is POOP...)