Over the years Google and Microsoft have been competing against each other for the school/office market with what would be better, Google Apps or Microsoft Office. Now it looks like they have come to an agreement to work together, albeit slightly, with Google Drive’s new plug-in for Microsoft Office.
If you are a heavy Microsoft Office user but still like to store your work on Google Drive this is what you’ve been waiting for. The simple plug-in will allow you to save your Word, Excel, or Powerpoint presentations directly to Google Drive from within Microsoft Office. You will also have the ability to open the files from within Office to make edits and save them back to the cloud again.
Google Drive isn’t the first to add this functionality to Microsoft Office. Dropbox and Box have had this same type of functionality in place for a while already. Google said, about their plug-in, that “with this plug-in, you can use the apps you’re already comfortable with, while benefitting from the security and convenience of Google Drive.”
It is kind of interesting to see this type of cooperation between Microsoft and Google in this regard because Google has continuously tried to put out products that Microsoft has already long had in order to try to dethrone them. It seems that Google wants more people to use Drive consistantly and, to that end, are allowing them to use any programs they’re used to running to access files stored in Drive.
It has been a while since I have used any Microsoft Office products personally but I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who still do and also use Google Drive for their storage. Is this something that you will benefit from by being able to quickly save/open files stored in Drive with Office? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.Source: Official Google for Work Blog