Google [GOOG] has announced integration between Google Docs and Microsoft Office. What the new integration does is let you edit your docs with Officeand then have them all synced together. This lets you use a familiar interface rather than having to learn the Google Docs interface.
The integration comes in the form of a plugin for Microsoft Office which is called Cloud Connect. Cloud Connect is free to install and use and is compatible with Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Each time you hit save on a document, spreadsheet or presentation, the updated info is synced to Google Docs. If you need to share a file with someone, you can just email them a Google Docs link to use.
There’s one downside at the moment which is the popularity of the plugin that has caused Google to pull it and make it invite only. When first introduced, the plugin was for business customers although it will eventually be rolled out to all users.
Although the plugin does work, it does have a few issues to iron out such as changes made on PowerPoint on Docs are not synced with the local version of the file. By the time it’s fully launched all should be working as expected.