After three months of beta testing, Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office is available for everyone. The rebranded version of DocVerse, a software developed by the homonymous company acquired by Google last year, integrates with Google Docs and provides a bridge for Microsoft Office users who want to use online collaboration features without upgrading to Office 2010.
“Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office brings collaborative multi-person editing to the familiar Microsoft Office experience. You can share, backup, and simultaneously edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents with coworkers,” explains Google. The software works with Microsoft Office 2003, Office 2007 and Office 2010.
By default, the plugin automatically saves online and syncs all the files you edit in Microsoft Office, but you can change this setting.
I created a new document in Word 2010, but Google saved it as a read-only Word file in Google Docs. Apparently, the document can only be edited using Microsoft Office and not using Google’s online word processor. Since you can’t even open existing files from Google Docs, this software seems to be too limited. It’s useful if you and all your collaborators only use Microsoft Office and Google’s plugin
Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office is now available to download for all Google Apps domains. With this plugin, you can now share, backup and simultaneously edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint®, and Excel® documents with co-workers without the need for sending attachments back and forth.
– Simultaneous editing for Word, PowerPoint and Excel files when using Microsoft Office.
– Google Docs sharing URLs for each Microsoft Office file.
– Revision history for Microsoft Office files, stored in Google Docs.
– Offline editing with smart synchronization of offline changes.
– No Microsoft Office upgrade or SharePoint® deployment required.
How to access what’s new:
– Make sure your system meets the system requirements for the plugin. Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office supports Microsoft Office 2003, Office 2007, or Office 2010.
– Ensure that Google Docs is an activated service in your Google Apps control panel.
– Allow users to install the plugin themselves or distribute it on your network using an .msi file. Download page Deploy Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office
Note: Google Cloud Connect is not available for Macs. Unfortunately due to the lack of support for open APIs on Microsoft Office for Mac, we are unable to make Google Cloud Connect available on Macs at this time. We look forward to when that time comes so we can provide this feature to our Mac customers as well.