Google has released "Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office" to bring more people to the cloud and take advantage of the features Google Docs offers.
Google Cloud Connect is a free plugin available to anyone with a Google Account, and improves Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 on Windows PCs, so companies can start using web-enabled teamwork tools without upgrading Microsoft Office or implementing SharePoint 2010.
It adds simultaneous collaboration, revision history, cloud sync, unique URLs and simple sharing to the Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint apps that you may still need from time to time. The plugin syncs your work through Google's cloud, so everyone can contribute to the same version of a file at the same time. Learning the benefits of web-powered collaboration will help more people make a faster transition to 100% web collaboration tools.
Google also introduced a "90-Day Appsperience program," a way for companies that currently use cumbersome legacy systems to see how web-powered tools help their teams work together more effectively. A nominal fee covers 90-day access to Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Cloud Connect and more, as well as assistance from Google experts to help coworkers quickly become more productive together.
And companies trying Google Apps can use the new collaboration dashboard in the Google Apps control panel to assess the value of our tools. The dashboard provides data on how people are using Apps to collaborate more efficiently without the hassles of document versions, check-in/check-out or attachments.
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