Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tech Tip Tuesday: Connect!

Most people in Educational Technology today are going around with their head in the clouds.  Well it is getting even easier to join them.  A few years back GoogleDocs was introduced and it was promoted as "almost" like Microsoft Office but on the Web.  Reality was that it was more than a little clunky, but it had promise.  There are some major things about GoogleDocs that are definitely better than desktop software.  For example revisions, collaboration and no flash drives.  Those make it great. What isn't as good is the fact that your desktop software is much more robust and powerful and just does more.  Wouldn't it be nice if you could somehow get the best of both worlds.

You can!

Google Cloud Connect is a plugin for the Windows version of Microsoft Office that allows a quick and simple interface with GoogleDocs to share and collaborate on documents you edit in Microsoft Office. Google isn't the only one in this game though, Windows also offers an online tool for sharing and collaborating on Office files called Skydrive.  It is already immediately accessible via Office 2011 with Windows Live/Hotmail account.  So, if you are working on a proposal with folks from different locations, or you want students to collaborate on an important project.  Maybe it's time to get your head in the clouds.

Learn more about Windows Live Web Apps in the video below or here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/web-apps/?CTT=97

Learn more about the initial launch here: http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/11/bridge-to-cloud-google-cloud-connect.html

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