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Central Desktop Adds Cloud Collaboration To Microsoft Office

Users can collaborate through the cloud service, sharing edits, comments and more, without switching between Office applications and a web browser.

PowerPoint Collaboration Using Central Desktop
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PowerPoint Collaboration Using Central Desktop
Some project documents only have one person working on them. Whereas other documents, like sales marketing presentations, budget forecasts, legal agreements, project plans, even press releases, need comments, updates, edits, approvals and review from entire project teams, executives and managers. Odds are, most of these docs and most of this collaboration is done using Microsoft Office.

Collaboration tools make it easier for groups to organize project files, comments and the like -- but to use these and Microsoft Office can mean extra steps -- a few clicks to download a file in order to open it in Word, another few clicks once you've saved it in Word, to upload it back to the central repository.

To make it easier for Windows Microsoft Office users to collaborate at the project level -- create a common document repository and work area for a project, and within that, share document reading, editing and commenting -- SaaS-based collaboration provider Central Desktop has announced Central Desktop For Office, a collaboration tool for use with Microsoft Office and Central Desktop.

Central Desktop provides cloud-based team collaboration software for workgroups, departments, and companies, allowing them to share files and manage projects, internally and externally. "You set up a workspace, and invite the people, who can be in your company or external, like consultants, clients, and partners," Isaac Garcia, CEO, Central Desktop. "Central Desktop provides a central document repository, where you share files, task lists, calendars and other information."

Central Desktop For Office reflects the workplace reality that many of the documents that people want to collaborate on are Office files. According to Garcia, for example, 75% or more of the stored files in Central Desktop are Microsoft Word documents.

Once installed, Central Desktop for Office adds a new toolbar in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint that allows users to interact with the files stored online in Central Desktop without their ever having to open a web browser to access Central Desktop, according to the company.

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