Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Put your MS Office docs in Google cloud !!

Google this week unveiled a limited beta test for its upcoming Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office tool, giving its customers a way to utilize its Google Docs service with Microsoft's popular Office suite in a fairly seamless fashion. The tool is billed as a way for Google customers to more easily migrate, over time, from Microsoft Office to the less capable (but free) Google Docs.

"Google Docs [is] 100% web: It provides real-time collaboration in the browser, with no software to install, manage or upgrade," Google Group Product Manager Shan Sinha wrote in a blog post announcing the tool. "With Cloud Connect, people can continue to use the familiar [Microsoft] Office [applications], while reaping many of the benefits of web-based collaboration that Google Docs users already enjoy."

Google Cloud Connect works with Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, and 2010, providing users with a way to sync documents to Google's Docs-based services. Because these documents are stored in the cloud, they can be accessed from anywhere, using multiple devices, and they can be shared with others—each document gets a unique URL—and retain a version history.

Google Cloud Connect is a rebranded version of DocVerse, which Google purchased back in March. It's currently available only in a limited beta, but you can sign up to be notified when the tool is more broadly available.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative for Innovation Union

Despite the financial crisis, the European Commission has communicated some crucial agenda points for an innovative union:
  1. EU and member states need to continue to invest in education, R&D, innovation and ICT.
  2. Those investments should be performed hand in hand with reforms to get more value for money and tackle fragmentation.
  3. Our education systems at all levels should be modernized.
  4. Researchers and innovators must be able to work and to cooperate across the EU as easily as within national borders.
  5. Access to EU programmes must be simplified and their leverage effect on private sector investment enhanced, with the support of the European Investment Bank.
  6. We need to get more innovation out of our research.
  7. Remaining barriers for entrepreneurs to bring 'ideas to market' must be removed (better access to finance, affordable Intellectual Property rights etc.)
  8. European Innovation Partnerships should be launched to accelerate research, development and market deployment of innovations to tackle major societal challenges...
  9. Our strengths in design and creativity must be better exploited.
  10. We need to work better with our international partners.
What an exciting agenda :-) !! The full document can be downloaded here.