Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office released

Google has once again taken aim towards Microsoft’s Office customers by launching Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office.

According to the official Google blog the new collaboration plugin for Microsoft Office can be downloaded by anyone who owns a Google Account. It allows you to sync all of your Office work from Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications and upload them to Google’s cloud. From there all users can collaborate on the same versions of the files at the same time.

Cloud Connect for Office also has revision history and offline editing, letting you sync documents at a later date if you don’t have Internet access at the time of writing.

At the same time Google also announced a 90-day Appsperience program that will let businesses test out all of the Google Apps for a small fee. The three month long test drive will cost $7,000 for companies that have 50 to 500 people or $15,000 for companies with more than 500 people.

Appsperience allows access to Google Apps, Google sites and to Google cloud connect along with new collaboration analytics that can be accessed directly through the Google Apps control panel.

As the Google Appsperience website states, at just $50 per user per year, the costs for using Google Apps for businesses is pretty low already, and the figures for the test drive don’t really show off the savings companies can make. The difference is that the Appsperience users can make use of additional support options that many businesses may well need when first starting out cloud based setups.

Google Cloud Connect can be installed on most versions of Office 2003, 2007 and 2010, but not with Office 2010 starter edition or any version that Microsoft’s Click-to-Run service has been used with.

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"Google Cloud Connect makes it easier to take advantage of Google Apps" (from video)

And now it makes sense as to why they released this. They want to pull people away from Microsoft Office to use Google Apps instead.

While it does have its benefits, I wouldn't trust Google with any of my Documents now or even if I was a business or corporation because they would more than likely have access to them.

Lazehify said,
"Google Cloud Connect makes it easier to take advantage of Google Apps" (from video)

And now it makes sense as to why they released this. They want to pull people away from Microsoft Office to use Google Apps instead.

While it does have its benefits, I wouldn't trust Google with any of my Documents now or even if I was a business or corporation because they would more than likely have access to them.


Well duh. Guess why Microsoft develops Windows Media Player plugins for Chrome and Firefox, or releases Microsoft Office for Mac... In capitalism, companies try to attract you into moving into using their products.

Northgrove said,

Well duh. Guess why Microsoft develops Windows Media Player plugins for Chrome and Firefox, or releases Microsoft Office for Mac... In capitalism, companies try to attract you into moving into using their products.

Um, you are arguing a different point.

Microsoft's 'cloud' (skydrive, azure, hotmail, live, etc) are different than Google's (gmail, gdocs, etc)

Google data mines everything on their servers to track you and product relevance for advertising revenue.

Microsoft DOES NOT.

Google's servers are 'human accessible' and not secured storage servers.
Microsoft's servers are not 'human accessible' and are secured using dual encryption constructs, one of which is locked to your LiveID's GUID.
(What this means is that an IT person working at Google, can literally open and read your email or GDocs if they want, even if it is against 'corporate policies'. At Microsoft even if a bad employee wanted to, they can't access or read your email or documents, as machine based requests are only able to touch the data, a person can't.)

So ya they are both trying to make it easier for customers to use their products, but Microsoft has different reasons than Google does.

I havent tired this, but i am OK with present integration of the Skydrive...i can directly save it to my skydrive docs.
Microsoft needs to streamline all the services which can speak to each other in a easy way, though all are handling nice tasks but differently!

This may have potential since MS has never fixed their terrible skydrive interface.
Maybe google can do it right (and I believe most are able to do it better than MS has thus far).

I guees I can use that for now but I am pretty sure office 15 will have this functionaly well-intetraged. but Give Google a hand for an handy feature. Now we are pretty sure Microsoft wil be doing even better than that. I really love competition.

this is awesome. installed right away.

my only gripe is that the toolbar is pretty thick and distracting... hopefully they'll integrate it into the ribbon or just make it thinner.