Microsoft has issues with Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office

It seems that not everyone is happy with the new Office Plug-in released by Google just last week. In fact, Microsoft has even gone out of its way to blog about various issues that they believe the new Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office has for users.

According to the GCN, Microsoft has not only talked about various problematic issues with Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, it even alleges that data privacy is at risk.

Microsoft claims that if you turn on automatic syncing and do not change the default sharing location, all of your documents are accessible to others. But as a commenter on the Microsoft blog mentions, this is not actually the case as default document storage is set to private.

Another issue that Microsoft brings up is the lack of some Office functionality when users run Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office. The company states that features such as track changes, sort settings, table styles and more may cause some issues with the plug-in. However, this is also something that the Office Web Apps have suffered with in the past, and in some cases, still do now.

Finally, Microsoft has claimed that Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office may cause data loss, stating that working with features and files that don’t work with the plug-in can lead to some syncing errors and data loss. 

Judging from the quick blog post from the company, it seems that Microsoft may be a little scared of the new plug-in and rightly so, as many users have said they have waited for this option from Google for some time and are very happy with this first public version.

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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neo158 said,

+1 that's exactly how I feel, and considering you have native syncing with Skydrive in Office 2010 why bother with this POS plugin anyway.

Agree.

jakem1 said,
I wouldn't trust Google with my documents anyway.

Really? That's a shame because word on the grapevine is that everyone at Google has been waiting to get hold of your docs for ages because the're obvious really important and everything, and would contribute so much to Google's cunning yet evil plan to take over the world.

Keep it safe; keep it secret. Keep it Microsoft.

SuperHans said,

Really? That's a shame because word on the grapevine is that everyone at Google has been waiting to get hold of your docs for ages because the're obvious really important and everything, and would contribute so much to Google's cunning yet evil plan to take over the world.

Keep it safe; keep it secret. Keep it Microsoft.

Quite frankly, Google has given us NO reason why we should trust them with our documents, and 15 billion reasons NOT to. Privacy is an after thought for them, considering their main income is ad revenue, it is asinine to think that we can trust them with our secrets.

Plus, it is no secret that GMail is crawled by "bots" looking for keywords to use in serving you more personalized ads.


Sure, I really wanna switch to ChromeOS, and hand Google my hard drive. Sure.

SuperHans said,

Really? That's a shame because word on the grapevine is that everyone at Google has been waiting to get hold of your docs for ages because the're obvious really important and everything, and would contribute so much to Google's cunning yet evil plan to take over the world.

Keep it safe; keep it secret. Keep it Microsoft.

I agree, most of the crap we create and use is worthless to anyone but ourselves.

However, Google does like to data mine our documents for better advertising patterns and results. This is a bit invasive.

Google also has a poor security model for their online server storage. From Gmail to GDocs, any IT person that decides they want to see what is in their girlfriend/boyfriend's email or GDocs storage, can literally just access it. Which is a bit strange and scary that Google's security is not much different than a small town ISP. (It was not that long ago a few Google employees were fired for spying on email and documents of people they knew, which is good that Google's employee policy is against it, but sad their computers and secuirty doesn't flat out prevent it and they are using an employee handbook as their security model.)

At least with Microsoft, their online storage model is highly secure with not only redundant encryption based on your unique identifier, but the data is also not accessible by humans. This means that a bad employee at Microsoft can't do anything or read anything from anyone's account. The only way the stored data is managed is through machine queued processes.

Frylock86 said,

Quite frankly, Google has given us NO reason why we should trust them with our documents, and 15 billion reasons NOT to. Privacy is an after thought for them, considering their main income is ad revenue, it is asinine to think that we can trust them with our secrets.

Plus, it is no secret that GMail is crawled by "bots" looking for keywords to use in serving you more personalized ads.

1) Google has never given ME a reason not to trust them. I've not knowingly been affected by there so called "lack" of privacy measures. If you have then fair enough.
2) Adblock add-on
3) Do Not Track add-on

I don't even have the last one ^. As far as I'm concerned, Google can track me as much as they like. Surely the more personalised ads are - the better??? I think I'm the only commenter on Neowin with this attitude

thenetavenger said,

However, Google does like to data mine our documents for better advertising patterns and results. This is a bit invasive.

I don't mind I kinda realised this when signing up for Gmail. For me, Gmail is the best free web based email service around - I'm happy to sacrifice a little privacy if I can organise my life a little better.

What ev.. this is still a good thing for Microsoft if they fix the problems because more people will use Office.. and that translates into more sales. I would be happy if someone else used their cloud to service my product..

Lachlan said,
What ev.. this is still a good thing for Microsoft if they fix the problems because more people will use Office.. and that translates into more sales. I would be happy if someone else used their cloud to service my product..

Why?

Office 2010 has cloud sync built in anyway.

Phantom Phreak said,
I trust my old mechanical hard drives more than the cloud.

I trust the cloud less too, but it is nice as an offsite backup

Phantom Phreak said,
I trust my old mechanical hard drives more than the cloud.

I don't really trust the cloud that much, I always keep my docs at my HDD, and for the convenience of portability I also keep them on Google docs and dropbox [ sync from my HDD ]

RealFduch said,
How is Google's plug-in different from Microsoft's office.live.com ?

office.live.com doesn't use a plugin, the sync features are native to Office 2010.

I'll take this with a grain of salt. It's widespread knowledge that Google and Microsoft are rushing to provide cloud services, seeking to beat each other to the chase. They're each others biggest competitors.

If Microsoft is so worried, make a better competitive product and / or market it better.
I also think it upset Microsoft since the plugin works as far back as Office 2003 where they don't want to import new features to.

etempest said,
If Microsoft is so worried, make a better competitive product and / or market it better.
I also think it upset Microsoft since the plugin works as far back as Office 2003 where they don't want to import new features to.

I hate repeating myself but Microsoft already have a better product. Skydrive sync built into Office 2010 and Office Web Apps at office.live.com.

Not only that but I believe there is a Skydrive sync plugin for Office 2007.

neo158 said,

I hate repeating myself but Microsoft already have a better product. Skydrive sync built into Office 2010 and Office Web Apps at office.live.com.

Not only that but I believe there is a Skydrive sync plugin for Office 2007.

Office 2003 is still the most popular Office version.
Second, Google's plugin sync is not the major feature , the online collaboration on documents is the main feature.

neo158 said,

I hate repeating myself but Microsoft already have a better product. Skydrive sync built into Office 2010 and Office Web Apps at office.live.com.

Not only that but I believe there is a Skydrive sync plugin for Office 2007.

I use the native office sync all the time. Haven't faced any problem until now. besides I don't trust google that much.

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