Each time you open a new Word file in Microsoft Word, from now on, there won’t be any need to save your work every few seconds, for fear of losing all your data with a power cut or a computer hang. Google’s newly launched Cloud Connect toolbar for Microsoft apps, sits inside a MS Word, Excel, or Powerpoint application.

Cloud Connect toolbar is available for free download, the toolbar enables users to directly save their MS Office work into Google’s server farms located all over the world, from any device. Once logged in to a Google account, the toolbar automatically keeps saving any document being currently worked upon on to a Google server farm.

All documents are stored in an encrypted fashion, and only people with the document’s weblink would be allowed to view or edit.

Google’s strategy behind launching a Cloud initiative for MS Office, is a direct challenge to Microsoft, and its supremacy in the world of Office documents, which none have been able to challenge as yet. Open Office, Neo Office, IBM Lotus Symphony have not been able to succeed in the market despite being free.

There won’t be any need to save your work every few seconds, for fear of losing all your data with a power cut or a computer hang. Google’s newly launched Cloud Connect toolbar for Microsoft apps, which sits inside a MS Word, Excel, or Powerpoint application and it will keep documents on the cloud server till eternity for a user, as long as his or her Google account is active.

How does it work?

  • Syncing and sharing documents: Google Cloud Connect tracks, manages, and syncs all changes on your Microsoft Office documents into one updated version for each document. Each document that you sync through Google Cloud Connect gets a unique URL or web address that you can share with collaborators through IM or email. Depending on the privacy setting you’ve selected for the document, other people will be able to click this link and view the document in the browser.
  • Collaborating simultaneously on documents: Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office lets you easily share documents with other people. When you add other people as editors to a document, they receive an email letting them know that you’ve shared a document with them. From there, they can open a link to view the document in the browser, or if they want to make edits, they can download the document and open it in Microsoft Office. When an editor makes changes to a document in Microsoft Office, all changes get synced and appear on your screen.
  • Revision history: Using Google Cloud Connect, you can edit a document online and offline. Every time you sync a document, the revisions of a document are stored so you can easily roll back to a previous version. You can go back to any prior revision of a document at any time.

Google Cloud Connect: Installing Google Cloud Connect

  • Download Google Cloud Connect.
  • Open Microsoft Office.
  • Click Login. A window opens, requesting permission to access your Google Account.
  • Enter your email and password, then click Sign in.
  • Click Grant access.
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