This one’s fresh off Google’s blog. Google just launched two new initiatives that should help more people experience the productivity benefits of web-powered collaboration. The first innovation is Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft, which has been made available worldwide. Anyone who has a Google account can use this service, and it seems to be quite useful; much like Google Docs. It brings multi-person collaboration to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, so everyone using this application can use the same version of a file at once.

Cloud Connect – We do it like docs

The other announcement was a 90 day programme called Appsperience, which is a way for companies that currently use cumbersome legacy systems to see how web-powered tools help their teams work together more effectively.

This is what Google has to say about this programme:

“We’re also introducing the 90-Day Appsperience program, a way for companies that currently use cumbersome legacy systems to see how web-powered tools help their teams work together more effectively. A nominal fee covers 90-day access to Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Cloud Connect and more, as well as assistance from Google experts to help coworkers quickly become more productive together. And companies trying Google Apps can use the new collaboration dashboard in the Google Apps control panel to assess the value of our tools. The dashboard provides data on how people are using Apps to collaborate more efficiently without the hassles of document versions, check-in/check-out or attachments.”

This video should explain things a bit:

 

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