© 2010 Ugur Akinci
If you’re using MS Office at work or home (and who isn’t?) you can now use Google Docs to store your Office documents without ever leaving the Office environment. What’s more, when you go back to Google Docs, you can do all the editing and manipulating with your Office documents that you normally do with all Google Docs documents.
The new service called Google Cloud Connect places a mini menu bar underneath the regular Office ribbon (Word or Excel). When you create a new Word or Excel document, this application automatically assigns a unique URL to your document and keeps a copy in your Google Docs folder (for which you need to have a free Gmail account).
So what happens if your desktop copy of the Office document changes? Simple. Google Cloud Connect asks you whether to carry the changes back to the Google Docs copy or leave that copy alone. I’d personally always choose to synchronize both copies.
The advantage of this feature (made possible thanks Google’s acquisition of a product called DocVerse) is that you can have 24-7 access to all those Office documents even when you’re not working on the machine with which you’ve created them originally. If you have access to the Internet, you can always have access to your Office documents, read them, share them, or edit them.
I think this is another smart new feature by Google that will be adopted by many Office users around the world.
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