Google Docs is the way to share documents between many people, but that doesn't stop the interface from being quite banal and minimal. Some people love this, but ultimately, I like to use something that more suited to my needs. The latest Microsoft Word interface is good and it works well for many different uses. But how can you use both at the same time? By using Google Cloud Connect.
For now, this is available for Windows only and currently, Google is still testing it, but it will most likely be released soon. Google wanted people to sign up to test it, but this capacity has been rapidly filled up. This software will sync your Office documents between your desktop and Google Docs, which is definitely a painless way of backing up. It allows you to collaborate on different docs with other users.
Google Cloud Connect doesn't allow you edit the synced documents directly in Google Docs. Google Docs is used to store, sync, and collaborate thanks to Microsoft Office. That almost sounds like blasphemy, as Microsoft and Google are usually not on the same page. MS Office is the interface and the guts of the thing is Google Docs. It should work pretty well.
This means that Google Docs' revision history, collaboration, and easy sharing has all been ported onto MS Office. By leaving your information here, Google will let you now when it's available for everyone.
What does it mean for everyday users? It means that you'll have an easy way of backing up your documents onto Google Docs. It also means that if you aren't using Google Docs because you simply don't like the look of the overall interface, especially the document writing part, then you can use the familiar Microsoft Office interface that you probably love/hate already. It can also save you time, because I spend time downloading Google Docs, editing them in MS Office, and then uploading them again.
[via Lifehacker, images via Google]