Motorola/Google: It's All About Unified Communications

Michael Vizard

One of the more painful things about the intersection of mobile and cloud computing these days is the lack of synchronization between various applications. But with Google's announcement that users can upload any type of file and access it with Google Docs, the gap between mobile and cloud computing has been considerably narrowed.

Users of Google Docs can now work on a Microsoft Excel file on their netbook, and share that file through a cloud computing service such as Google Docs. Obviously, this increases the number of potential people willing to use Google as a cloud service for sharing documents, which Google hopes ultimately will result in more users signing up to use Google Apps.

But Google has identified a gap in cloud computing that needs filling, even to the point with partnering with companies such as Memeo for a desktop application that makes it easier to access and manage Google Docs across multiple PCs, Syncplicity for a file-management service for mobile devices and Manymoon, a project-management application.

Obviously, as smartbooks, netbooks and smartphones become standard elements of the enterprise, synchronization services become more vital. As a result, Syncplicity CEO Leonard Chung says it is adding support for Google Docs as a standard file format for the company's file-management service.

According to Chung, since launching the service, Syncplicty has 80,000 users and manages more than 300 terabytes of data.

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