Google Drive Overview Updated November 8, 2017

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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 November 8

Copied Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides can soon include comments, suggestions

Following a very useful tweak to the image picker earlier this week, Google Drive is getting another small, but noticeable feature. Copying a document will soon include the option to bring over the original file’s comments and suggestions.

Google Drive Stories November 6

Google simplifies image insertion in Docs, Slides, & Drawings, adds Google Photos drawer

In a small, but impactful update, Google today announced that the Drive apps are receiving “improvements to the image insertion process.” Applicable to Docs, Slides, and Drawings on the web, there is now a redesigned menu and dedicated drawer for adding images to files.

Google Drive Stories November 2

Google explains Tuesday’s Drive and Docs bug that marked some files as violating ToS

On Tuesday, several Google Docs users noticed that they were not able to access their files, with Drive displaying a Terms of Service violation error. In a blog post, Google today explained the issue and addressed concerns that arose.

Google Drive Stories September 29

In light of high-profile hacks of political figures, especially during the 2016 US Presidential election, Google is working on new security tools. Aimed as a service for politicians and executives, it will replace two-factor authentication (2FA) and enforce other security policies.

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Google Drive Stories September 14

Today, a story from an Android user is making the rounds about how Google unexpectedly killed their device backup with no warning. To be clear, the functionality here is nothing new; Google has had the two-month expiration in place for quite some time.

However, given the backlash by customers who didn’t know it was there is proof enough that it’s time for the company to give us better control over backups.

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

Google Drive Stories September 7

It’s not just you, Google Drive is down right now for some

A lot of us rely on Google Drive on a daily basis, so when it goes down it can really interrupt a workflow. Today around 11am Google Drive had a hiccup which caused the service to either stop working or slow down significantly for a lot of users.

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