There's a crazy amount of cooperation breaking out in the online office market. First Dropbox ties its cloud storage service into MS Office in April, and now Google does the same with Google Drive.
Google launched a new MS Office plugin today that lets Office for Windows users open any Word, Excel, or PowerPoint docs stored in Drive, and have any edits automagically synced with the original document in Google’s cloud when they’re done. The plugin also lets you save new docs to Google Drive, after which they can be edited in Google’s online apps, too.
It has long been possible to automatically save your office docs to and from Google Drive by using the Drive app for Windows, and late last year Google updated Drive so you could launch external apps (like MS Office) when using Google Drive in your web browser.
But with this latest change, Google Drive is now going to be as accessible from inside MS Office as any other drive or folder on your network.