Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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Synchronise Google Docs And Microsoft Office

Google has simplified the technology for normal people using computer for common tasks. Google Docs & Spreadsheets has collaborated word processing, spreadsheets and presentations for quick use. Google Docs lets us easily view and edit your Office documents using the browser itself.

There are several advantages for which you must consider Google Docs and Spreadsheets:

  • 1) Online Availability:
  • 2.) Less Spacial:
  • 3.) 99.99% Data Availability:
  • 4.) Share Your Work:
  • 5.) Its Free:

On the other side, Microsoft Office offers excellent tools for you to create and edit documents, presentations and spreadsheets in an offline environment.

This comes handy when you aren’t carrying your laptop computer (that has all the documents) or are using a device that doesn’t have Microsoft Office (like your mobile phone).

One tool is good for creating documents while the other helps you access documents on the go and thus it makes good sense to use both these tools together.

Integrating Microsoft Office with Google Docs:

An idle workflow would be that you create your document in Microsoft Office and it instantly becomes available in Google Docs (and vice-versa). Also, if you make any edits in the cloud, they should sync with the copy on the desktop.

Now there are quite a few tools that let you integrate Microsoft Office with Google Docs though, because of certain limitations in the Google Docs API, two-way synchronization between the two Office products is still far from perfect. And according to Amit Agarwal, the founder of Digital Inspiration, here are some tools worth a try:

1. Google Cloud Connect

2. Offisync

3. Syncplicity

4. Gladinet Starter

5. Insync

Final thoughts - If you can live with that ugly-looking toolbar, Google Cloud Connect is neat because it saves Office documents to Google Docs in their native format. However, if you also need access to your old Google Docs files from within Microsoft Office, Offisync or Gladinet Cloud Desktop are good choices.

When you save a document created in Microsoft Office to Google Docs, the original formatting is less likely to be preserved. That’s one area where the Office Web Apps and SkyDrive duo seems to enjoy an upper hand.

With Windows Live SkyDrive, you can create, view, edit, and share Microsoft Office docs saved in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for free online.

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