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Open google docs with MS Office

Posted on 2013-06-24
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Before we start, I know that Drive has replaced Google Cloud Connect as the way to access the documents within the Google Apps for business/education document storage area. The problem that I have is that Microsoft office is still taught within the school that I’m looking after. It is part of the curriculum. The students being able to access it through Google Drive without owning Microsoft Office is fantastic. This releases them from the purchase price of Microsoft Office. However the school is obliged to teach Microsoft Office to the students.

So we would like for them to be able to access their online Google Drive through the local school PC. We would also like to be able to open a Google document, whether it be a Spreadsheet, Document or Presentation through the local MS Office. This way they could fulfill their obligations within the school and still access the docs through their Google Drive.

I have tried some add-ins and other bits of software. But I can’t seem to find anything that works properly.  Google Cloud Connect, Offisync and a couple of others no longer work with the new Drive Setup. There are others like Gladinet Desktop Starter which allow MS Office docs to be created, saved and altered via a mounted drive which connects to the the Google Drive (no files held locally). However this only allows the opening of native MS Office files. There are also other apps that cost about $20 each user, and with 800 students this becomes prohibitive.

What we would be looking to implement something that would allow MS Office to open and save as native Google Apps Docs.

So would you know of anything that would allow this?
Or can Google Drive be configured in a manner to facilitate this?
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AFAIK this is not possible.  The only workaround is to access the Google Drive web interface and select the file then go Download as > MS Office format.  To go the other way is not such an issue as you can open the MS formats for editing in Google Drive and it will just convert a copy to Google format.
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