Google Drive Overview Updated January 7, 2019

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Google Drive was launched in April of 2012 and encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, among other Google apps. In addition to being an office productivity suite, Drive allows users to upload their files and photos. Users get 15GB of free storage between Gmail, Photos and Drive, with the option to purchase more on a monthly basis.

Like with Docs, Google allows users to create links to share uploaded files. Google Drive supports a variety of image and video formats, as well as Microsoft Office and Adobe file formats. Third-party apps can integrate and store data in Drive, while the official Mac and Windows apps allow automatic syncing of local data from a desktop.

On Chrome, the Drive app can sync files for offline viewing. Android and iOS apps allow users to view all their files on the go and make edits.


Google Drive Stories January 7

Google Drawings can now be embedded into Google Docs and easily updated

In addition to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, G Suite touts other productivity apps like Google Forms and Sites. Google Drawings will soon feature improved Google Docs integration by allowing a direct and updating embed.

Google Drive Stories January 4

Google Drive is an excellent platform not just for storage, but sharing and collaborating on files. However, there’s been a spam issue hiding in plain sight, and now the company intends to fix complaints with Google Drive in this area.

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Google Drive Stories December 17, 2018

Business and enterprise users often work with outside partners that occasionally do not use Google Accounts. In the past, this prohibited them from working on shared Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Google is now allowing non-G Suite users to collaborate as visitors with Drive Pincode Sharing.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

Google Drive Stories December 11, 2018

Google shutting down Fusion Tables next year, teases new data visualizations tools

Launched in 2009 under Google Labs, Fusion Tables is a tool used by data scientists and other researches to visualize large datasets. Google today announced that its web-based visualization service is shutting down next December.

Google Drive Stories November 9, 2018

Manual Google Drive device backup support rolling out to Android now

Android has had device backup and recovery support for many years, including automatic upload and download from Google Drive. One thing that was sorely missing, however, was the ability to initiate manual Android backups to Google Drive. Though it seems now this feature is rolling out to many devices, including older ones.

Google Drive Stories October 29, 2018

Activity dashboard in Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides updated w/ Google Material Theme

Earlier this year, Google introduced an Activity dashboard in Docs, Sheets, and Slides that allowed users to easily keep track of file history. Like Google Drive, it’s now gaining the Google Material Theme with a redesigned interface on the web.

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