Google, Microsoft Office and real time document collaboration

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18Mar2011

Google, Microsoft Office and real time document collaboration

  • By Matt McInnes
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A great feature of Google Apps is the capacity to collaborate on documents in real time instead of draft after draft being emailed around an office (which slows production and increases data storage). One major hesitation organisations have had with regard to the uptake of Google Apps for collaboration is that you could only use the web interface to build documents, spreadsheets and presentations. These would then have to be transposed into traditional Microsoft Office documents for final release.

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Not any more;

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Reading about some recent updates to Google Apps, Google have developed a plugin for Microsoft Office (2003, 2007 and 2010) called Google Cloud Connect which enables you to collaborate on documents using Word, Excel or Powerpoint. Other users can be given access to contribute or simply view the same document in real time. Google Cloud Connect then leverages Google Apps to manage revision history etc which means you can get back to any version of the document during its construction.

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How much time could that save you when building your next sales presentation or board paper?

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Read more about how Google Cloud Connect works, and view the video at http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/officeconnect.html

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