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Google Picks Up Anti-Office Pace

The now-GA plug-in’s supposed to push more of the Office crowd to Google Docs and the cloud

Google has unleashed its Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, the widgetry it got with its acquisition of DocVerse last year and put out with early testers in November.

The now-GA plug-in's supposed to push more of the Office crowd to Google Docs and the cloud by making it possible to move Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 documents to Google's cloud, access them from anywhere including mobile devices, share them and allow multiple people to edit them from within Office and preserve old file versions. Once the files get a unique URL they integrate with the user's Google Docs list of files.

While Microsoft's response awaits the release of Office 365 later this year, Google is offering entire companies a 90-day "Appsperience" trial of Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Cloud Connect and other widgetry except Gmail for what it calls a "nominal flat fee" of $7,000 for 50-500 users and $15,000 for more than 500. The deal comes bundled with "getting started services" from local Google resellers and new collaboration analytics now available in the Google Apps control panel.

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