Google Cloud Connect allows Microsoft Office users to collaborate, share and synchronise Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. The plugin gives users the ability to upload files to Google’s servers and have a unique URL.
Due to Microsoft’s half-hearted support of Office for Mac, Google’s Cloud Connect plug-in is only available for Windows users. Google said, “Unfortunately due to the lack of support for open APIs on Microsoft Office for Mac, we are unable to make Google Cloud Connect available on Macs at this time. We look forward to when that time comes so we can provide this feature to our Mac customers as well.”
Google’s Cloud Connect is a shrewd move, giving the firm the chance to present existing users of Microsoft Office with the benefits of its free, cloud based office suite. The firm admitted the move is intended to “help bring more people to the cloud” and this could be just the carrot needed to help users get off Microsoft’s software.
At present there is no word about whether Google will be producing such a plug-in for Open Office.