Google Drive Overview Updated March 20, 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 Yesterday

When Chrome first launched 10 years ago, one of its key visual differentiators was a merged field for entering URLs and searching. Google is now testing Google Drive search right from the Chrome Omnibox for faster access and increased productivity.

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Google Drive Stories March 18

At Cloud Next 2018 in July, Google announced a new “Priority” view that leverages machine learning to surface relevant files, while “Workspaces” group together similar documents. Google is now launching these two smart features to paying G Suite customers.

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Google Drive Stories March 12

If you’re experiencing issues accessing some of Google’s most popular services this evening, it’s not just you. Google Drive, YouTube, and Gmail are all currently down or behaving abnormally for many user, and it’s unclear when a fix will be deployed.

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Following Gmail on Android and iOS last month, the latest G Suite app to get the Google Material Theme is Google Drive. Compared to other redesigns, this is a significant navigation revamp that introduces a bottom bar and focuses on smart suggestions.

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Google Drive Stories February 25

Google Drive ‘Intelligent Search’ suggests queries, lists top collaborators, and more on the web

Last July, Google introduced an “intelligent search box” for Drive’s web interface. This updated lookup experience is no longer limited to the Enterprise edition of G Suite, and will soon be available for all G Suite Editions.

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.

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