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.
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.
The tool has been available as a beta for consumers to download since May.
Later in July, businesses will be able to purchase a beta version of OffiSync
for $10 per user per year, said Oudi Antebi, an entrepreneur who created
OffiSync with the help of some programmers.
The enterprise version, which will be sold exclusively through as yet unnamed
channel partners, will leverage the global address book in Google Apps,
enabling business workers to more easily connect with colleagues.
Antebi, a former product manager for Microsoft Office, said the idea for
OffiSync came from watching users create and edit documents in Microsoft
Office, upload them for collaboration in Google Docs, and bring files back into
Office to save them on the desktop. This process was so complex that he decided
to fix it.