Thursday this week Google made it a lot easier for people to collaborate with each other using Microsoft Office by officially launching Google Cloud Connect. The service has been in Beta since November 2010, but is not available for anyone. It rely on Google elastic and flexible cloud to store and share any Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel document. Basically Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office is a simple plugins you download here and install. It takes less than 2 minutes and then you will find a new toolbar at the top of your Office applications.
Once it has been installed you just login using your google gmail/docs account and then it is connected. Documents will wither fully automatically and manually be synchronized to your Google Docs account. This is pretty awesome if you use Google Docs for collaboration and storage of your office documents. However I will always recommend that you backup files you store on Google services to your local computer. Why…? Because Google has a zero tolerance policy and if you’re unlucky you may get your account locked for no reason. If you’re running a business or writing an important paper for school this can be pretty problematic, and there is no guarantee you will get back in… Not to pain the wall black or anything. Google products are excellent and I use them myself. You just have to prepare for worst case right.
Google release a video on youtube showing in more details how useful this software is! I really like the collaboration features, co-editing and how it works even if you’re offline. Go check it out and get it… It is free to download and works with Office 2003, 2007 and 2010.