Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office is a free plugin that lets users share and edit Microsoft Office documents from inside Office applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Sharing is carried out via Google Docs, for which a Google Docs account is required.
Changes made to Microsoft Office documents are automatically synchronized with Google Docs and then pushed out to collaborators.
Editing can still continue if no internet connection is available, Cloud Connect will synchronize documents the next time an internet connection is available. Conflicts are handled by prompting the user to select which version to keep. It’s possible to roll back to a previous version of a file as all revisions are kept.
Google Cloud Connect seems aimed at capturing users who don’t want to move to Microsoft Office 365.
Google Cloud Connect works with Microsoft Office 2003, Office 2007 or Office 2010 on Windows XP with .NET Framework 2.0, Windows Vista or Windows 7.