One of the nice things I like about Google Docs is that I can edit a document with others collaboratively.
However, at times you need (or want) the full power of Microsoft Office headers, footers, tables and more.
There are various vendors who have solutions like this for Microsoft Office, including, recently announced, Central Desktop
They announced on Tuesday, Central Desktop for Office (available in June) a tool which allows business professionals to simultaneously co-author Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents in real time, as well as open and save files directly into the cloud.
Central Desktop for Office leverages technology from OffiSync and is compatible with any version of Microsoft Office including 2003, 2007 and 2010.
Once installed, Central Desktop for Office adds a new toolbar in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint that enables users to open, save, edit and co-author files stored in the cloud – directly from within Office. The new tool also brings additional collaboration capabilities into Office including the ability to comment on files, manage subscribers and track version history.
Central Desktop’s co-authoring feature enables multiple users to edit Office files simultaneously, by conveniently tracking and syncing all changes made by collaborators and merging them correctly into one updated version – functionality that Microsoft is touting as an incentive for users to upgrade to its new Office 2010 suite.
What does this mean for your business?
This means that you can use the Microsoft Office products you are comfortable with and have invested in, but have the full advantage of real time collaborative computing.