Google takes aim at Office with Cloud Connect service

Cloud Connect allows collaboration without SharePoint
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Google unveiled Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office which is aimed at encouraging business users to migrate away from Microsoft Office software.

The Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office service is a plugin for Microsoft Office which allows two or more people to work together on the same file in Office 2003, 2006 or 2010 on Windows PCs.

"For example, you can edit a Word document’s table of contents from Dublin while coworkers adjust formatting and make revisions from Denver," wrote Google Apps chief Shan Sinha on the Google Enterprise blog.

"Instead of bombarding each other with attachments and hassling to reconcile people’s edits, your whole team can focus on productive work together."

The service takes aim at Microsoft's own collaborative tools such as SharePoint 2010. The service is not available on Mac due to "lack of support for open APIs on Microsoft Office for Mac," Google said.

Google produced a video to show how Google Cloud Connect works which you can see below:

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