Google and Microsoft Office to Meet in the Cloud

Recently, Google launched a beta version of Cloud connect for Microsoft Office. The service will provide synchronization between Google Docs and Microsoft Office documents. What this means is that users will be able to sync documents automatically from Office to Google Docs, and access the doc from anywhere by clicking a URL.

What’s more interesting is that Google Docs will allow its users to work in a collaborative manner with Office documents. This is somehow an answer to Microsoft’s decision to put Office in the cloud, and a clear signal of the rapid level of cloud adoption in all business areas.

This new offer is based on Cloud Connect, a newer version of DocVerse, which was acquired by Google at the beginning of 2010.

Currently the beta is only open in Google Apps for Business Customers, and there is no statement from Google regarding a launch date for the general public.

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