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Google has a very cool new tool for Microsoft Office users

Google has a very cool new tool for Microsoft Office users
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For years, Google has been trying to steal Microsoft's lead in office productivity software with Google Docs. Docs is a collection of cloud-based productivity programs for making documents, spreadsheets and presentations. It's even compatible with your existing Office documents.

One big draw for Docs is that your files are stored in the cloud using Google Drive, so you can view and edit them anywhere. Plus, they're easy to share with co-workers and you can collaborate in real time. Even better, unlike Microsoft Office, Docs is free.

It's no surprise, then, that a lot of people have moved away from Microsoft's Office to Docs. However, there are still millions of Office users, including most businesses. And in response to Docs, Microsoft introduced its own cloud-based software called Office 365 that's stealing some of Google's online thunder.

Microsoft is even playing smart and instead of limiting Office users to Microsoft's OneDrive cloud service, its integrated support for Box and Dropbox, two popular cloud-based storage services. Google is in real danger of being left out.

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