Sync Office® 2010 with Google Docs and get the best of both worlds
Although on the surface both productivity suites Microsoft Office and Google Docs seem to be doing the same tasks (word processing, spreadsheet, slide show) albeit via different interfaces; in reality they are two quite different beasts. Whereas Microsoft Office is a desktop application, Google Docs on the other hands runs on cloud computing. The latter basically means that your data is being stored in real-time online on secure servers. This is clear from the efficiency with which Google Docs saves files at regular short intervals. Cloud computing also makes the data less prone to corruption.
How many times has it happened with you that while in the middle of working on a Microsoft Office file, your computer hung, leaving all your work irrecoverable? There’s a solution to this problem. Google has a plugin for Microsoft Office called Google Cloud Connect.
Google Cloud Connect takes the power of cloud computing and integrates it with the ease of use and familiarity that Microsoft Office has to offer. Not only that, it also throws in a slew of new features in the mix to make the experience better than using both Office and Docs as standalone offerings. With the plugin installed, your Office suite is transformed into a collaborative multi-person productivity tool with which you can share, backup and simultaneous edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents interface. After installation, you may share the document with an editor by adding them through the Microsoft Office interface itself. Following which, they will receive an email with a link. The editor may then download the document using that link and you’re all set to work on the document together with syncing happening at the click of a button. Besides this, there are other features like retrievable revision history, share document with varying user privileges, ability to resolve overlapping edits, and the ability to work without being connected to the Internet.
All in all, Google Cloud Connect is a free tool which helps you take your office productivity to the next level. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 and is available for Microsoft Office 2003, Office 2007, or Office 2010 now.