Google Apps plug-in injects the cloud into Office

Release of Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office is more than a plug-in that syncs legacy Office apps with modern cloud-based apps; it's also another chess move for Google in ongoing competition with Microsoft.

The cloud is coming to Microsoft Office--and it's powered by Google.

Google's latest effort to lure business customers away from Microsoft Office to Google Apps comes in the form of a plug-in for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The plug-in (pictured below) essentially syncs Office files with an online counterpart that lives in Google Docs, which allows users to always see the most recent version of a file, whether they're viewing it in a browser, in an Office app or even on a mobile device.

That means no more emailing a Word document between multiple people, only to be confused about which is the most recent. It means being able to see, in real time, as your colleague updates the sales figures in your spreadsheet - while you're working on it. It means being able to literally drop an image into your colleague's PowerPoint presentation.

Read more of "Google Apps plug-in injects the cloud into Office, slow venom into Microsoft" at ZDNet.

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