OffiSync to Celebrate Google Docs-Microsoft Office Wedding in the Enterprise
The OffiSync plug-in, which marries Google Apps, Docs and search engine functionality with Microsoft Office documents, is coming to enterprise users. For $10 per user, per year, businesses will be able to bring Microsoft Office documents into the cloud, saving them for collaboration in Google Apps. The tool comes as vendors grapple with how to expose more on-premises users to cloud computing.Google may be generating interest from customers who want to access Google Apps data through the more familiar Microsoft Outlook interface, but it isn't the only vendor providing plug-ins to help users marry the benefits of cloud computing with their Microsoft Office data. Enter OffiSync, a plug-in for Microsoft Office that lets users access Google Apps, Google Docs and Google search from within any Office application, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents. The tool comes as software makers, led by Google, Microsoft, Cisco Systems and Zoho, are trying to expose more users to document creation and sharing in the cloud, or through the Internet.
Once installed, the plug-in appears as a new tool bar in Microsoft Office applications and allows users to save their Office files online for access from any desktop or laptop computer using Google Apps and Docs; find specific files with Google search; and collaborate on documents with coworkers through Google Docs.