Google has found a way for users to edit documents online without having to navigate a new application—bringing us a step closer to a cloud computing revolution. The search giant has built a plug-in for Microsoft Office that syncs it with Google Docs, TechCrunch reports. With the Cloud Connect plug-in, you can edit your document in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, and save the changes on your computer and online.
Hit save in Office 2003, 2007, or 2010, and changes will automatically be saved in Google Docs. Several people can work on the same document and have it saved with Google—handy, but creating a potential problem: the system isn’t real-time, so you might edit a document at the same time as a coworker and end up with conflicting changes. Fortunately, Google will warn you.