BOSTON (TheStreet) — Forget McGruber. Now we've got MicGoogle — Microsoft
Last week, after nearly a year of open development and industry trials, software giant Microsoft shipped Microsoft Office 2010. (Betas are free. Downloaded Office and Student editions start at $119. Professional versions touch $499.)
Thing is, now that the product is in the flesh, the small-business office software market has taken an interesting turn. About two months ago, Google rolled out a fully redone version of its Web-based office Google Apps products and a third-party app marketplace. These upgrades not only make Google Apps run faster and easier, but Google claims they more directly support Microsoft Office content.
"We really do see that Google Apps can work hand-in-hand with existing Microsoft Office deployments," Jonathan Rochelle, group product manager for Google Apps told me during a recent hands-on demo down at the Google office on New York City's 9th Ave.
Here is what you need to know.
Running Google Apps and Microsoft Office together is far from perfect — more on that in sec — but without question there is unparalleled power in having both in your business. A fully functioning Microsoft Office package that runs on a desktop computer ensures that you can control and deliver top-quality documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the formats of choice for more than 450 million Microsoft users. And running Google's cloud-based Apps package really does open that data to unparalleled Web collaboration, data back-up, device flexibility and mobile support. The trick is learning to hand off data from one platform to the other — that is, doing things like importing documents, syncing calendars and coordinating contacts across your team and both piles of code.