Google has made the Cloud Connect plugin available to all Microsoft Office users and the tool lets you take the most important step in transitioning from desktop to cloud – sync MS office files with your Google apps account.

Lately, most of my work related documents are stored in the cloud, though  I use desktop software for creation. And in few instances, Internet serves as a data source (and desktop as storage for offline reading, like RSS feed reader)

what I need is better sync and have resorted to desktop more than cloud. Having said that, my source of data will still be on the cloud, but I will be using more of desktop and syncing software. [Real Time Web and Productivity – Till Death Do us Apart]

Google Cloud plugin provides the much needed sync service (works with MS office products only) that syncs your files with your Google apps account and over a period of time, build more trust in Cloud.

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The plugin adds simultaneous collaboration, revision history, cloud sync, unique URLs and simple sharing to the Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint applications and is currently available only for Windows.

I tried out the product and while it worked flawlessly for basic documents, the plugin starts to misbehave with complex documents (i.e. pictures/tables) – and eventually one has to forcefully kill the process.

Very recently, Google docs announced support for newer file formats (EPS/PSD/AI/SVG etc) and Cloud sync utility makes the entire Google suite closer to the launch of “G Drive”.

What’s your take?

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