News

Google Releases Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office in Limited Beta

Google last week announced Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, a service that will let individuals synchronize and share their documents, spreadsheets and presentations with Google Docs, its cloud-based productivity suite.  

For now, Cloud Connect is available as an invitation-only beta, though the company has stopped accepting requests by those who want to test it. Google did not say when it will be commercially available.

"With Cloud Connect, people can continue to use the familiar Office interface, while reaping many of the benefits of Web-based collaboration that Google Docs users already enjoy," noted Shan Sinha, a Google group product manager, in a blog post.

"Users of Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 can sync their Office documents to the Google cloud, without ever leaving Office," Sinha added. "Once synced, documents are backed-up, given a unique URL, and can be accessed from anywhere (including mobile devices) at any time through Google Docs."

Sinha was a founder and CEO of DocVerse, which Google acquired in March. Before founding DocVerse, Sinha was a product manager in Microsoft's SharePoint and SQL Server groups. DocVerse developed a service that lets users share Microsoft Office documents on the Web.

Cloud Connect will only work with Office for Windows, not the Apple Macintosh versions, Sinha added. The reason is the lack of open APIs for Microsoft Office for Mac, he said.

About the Author

Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.

Featured

  • Microsoft Previews Microsoft Teams for Linux

    Microsoft on Tuesday announced a "limited preview" release of Microsoft Teams for certain Linux desktop operating systems.

  • Hyper-V Architecture: Some Clarifications

    Brien answers two thought-provoking reader questions. First, do Hyper-V VMs have direct hardware access? And second, how is it possible to monitor VM resource consumption from the host operating system?

  • Old Stone Wall Graphic

    Microsoft Addressing 36 Vulnerabilities in December Security Patch Release

    Microsoft on Tuesday delivered its December bundle of security patches, which affect Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Skype for Business, SQL Server and Visual Studio.

  • Microsoft Nudging Out Classic SharePoint Blogs

    So-called "classic" blogs used by SharePoint Online subscribers are on their way toward "retirement," according to Dec. 4 Microsoft Message Center post.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.