If you like the convenience of easily sharing documents with Google Docs and also love the powerful functionality of Microsoft Office you can now have the best of both worlds.  Today we look at the OffiSync Beta plug-in that brings the power of Google to your MS Office Documents.

The installation is silent so there won’t be a typical install wizard but you will get a progress screen.

A few moments will pass before it is installed fully  and when it is you will see Registration Succeeded.  Just wait until you see it before opening any Office app.

Now when you open up an Office application just click on the OffiSync (Beta) tab to get the full list of features.

You can also access everything from hitting the Office Button and scrolling to OffiSync.

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To start using the features you will be prompted to sign into your Google account.

Account Login

While you’re writing up a document you can search for information on the net with Google using the search bar.  A browser window opens up and from here you can easily clip and paste data into your document.

There is also an image search so you can insert cool and interesting images (sometimes cooler than Office Clip Art) into a document for affect.  Also notice you can narrow down image search results based on the type of license the image may have to help avoid logos that may have copy write protection.

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After you make modifications to a document, send an email to the other collaborators.

mail notification

When you email announcing a document to other collaborators they get the following message with a download link to OffiSync.

email invite

Click on the OffiSync icon in the Start menu to disconnect or verify you’re connected.

Remember this is still in beta so there are still a few kinks that need to be worked out.  One thing we noticed is that it can slow down MS Office startup time while it connects.  OffiSync works with MS Office 2003 and 2007 with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

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