MS Office in the clouds
The Google enterprise blog announces the availability of a new product – Google Cloud Connect – which seeks to make it easier for people using Google Docs and Microsoft Office to collaborate on working with documents.
The application works between Google Docs and Microsoft Office to synchronise changes to documents made by different editors in close to real-time.
Users of Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 can sync their Office documents to the Google Cloud without ever leaving Office. Once synced, documents are backed up, given a unique URL, and can be accessed from anywhere (including mobile devices) at any time through Google docs. As the files are stored in the cloud, people always have access to the current version.
Once in the Google Cloud, documents can be easily shared and even simultaneously edited by multiple people, from right within Office. A full revision history is kept as the files are edited, and users can revert to earlier versions in one click.
According to Google, it will soon make the feature available free of charge to the general public.
My opinion: could be a great step beyond for the global adoption of cloud computing by a large audience