Windows Only: Now Everyone Can Use Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office
Article by George Norman
On 28 Feb 2011
As you may remember – and if you don’t I will remind you – Google acquired DocVerse in the spring of 2010, in March to be more precise. Founded by Shan Sinha and Alex DeNeui, two former Microsoft employees, DocVerse offered a plug-in for the Microsoft Office productivity suite, a plug-in that let users collaborate in real-time with other people. What the plug-in did was it basically combined the functionality of Microsoft Office with the functionality of Google Docs. It let Office users experience the benefits of web-based collaboration.

Nine months after the acquisition of DocVerse, in November 2010, Google announced that after much work, it integrated DocVerse into its infrastructure and gave it a new name – Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office. At the time Google rolled out a Beta version of Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft office to early testers.


Last week, on the 24th of February, Shan Sinha announced that Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office is now available to everyone – everyone who’s using the Windows version of Microsoft Office that is. With Cloud Connect users can sync Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents to the Google Cloud from within Office. Once in the cloud, documents can be easily shared with others, not to mention the fact that they can be accessed from any location, from desktops and mobile devices. Multiple users can simultaneously access and edit Office documents.

“To help bring more people to the cloud and take advantage of features that result, we’re happy to announce that Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office is now available to everyone. Google Cloud Connect is a free plugin that improves Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 on Windows PCs. It adds simultaneous collaboration, revision history, cloud sync, unique URLs and simple sharing to the Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint applications,” announced Shan Sinha.

Sinha went on to explain that there’s no Google Cloud Connect for Macs at this time and that is due to “the lack of support for open APIs on Microsoft Office for Mac.”

If you would like to get Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, you can download the plug-in here. It is offered free of charge and works with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoin.

Tags: Google, Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, Microsoft, Microsoft Office
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