Last November, Ann All, over at IT Business Edge asked whether Google would be able to convert Microsoft Office users. All should soon have an answer to her question as Google has now launched Cloud Connect, a free software plug-in that moves Office files to Google Docs and allows users to share and simultaneously edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.
Cloud Connect leverages the cloud (Google’s servers) to keep an up-to-date version of a file. Backups are also saved, allowing older versions of the documents to be accessed.
While Office 2010 provides collaboration, Cloud Connect enables previous versions of the productivity suite, NewsFactor Network reports. Google Cloud Connect works with Office 2003, 2007 and 2010. It does not jibe with Office for Mac due to a lack of API access, according to Google.