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A Spat Over Google's Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office

A new cloud computing fight erupted late last week between Google and Microsoft. Google released its promised Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, which lets users simultaneously edit documents created in Office 2003, 2007 or 2010. Microsoft fired back with accusations that Google's efforts showed a lack of seriousness and a list of technical problems with the Google tool. Our online news editor Kurt Mackie unpacked Microsoft's complaints here in a post well worth reading.

The back-and-forth is fun to watch, but a lot of solution providers seem perfectly willing to offer customers whatever they want -- Google Apps in some cases, Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite in others. Google's new Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office will give solution providers a way to keep on offering customers what they want, which often is a mix of the best offerings from both companies.

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM