Google Drive Overview Updated July 21, 2020

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September 2011 - July 2020

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 July 21

Last week, Google announced that its messaging services will soon be fully integrated into Gmail. As part of “Productivity & Collaboration” week at Cloud Next ’20: OnAir, Google Meet, Chat, and Drive are also getting a slate of security enhancements to better moderate access.

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Google Drive Stories May 26

Google Drive testing sharing specific folders within ‘shared drives’

Shared — previously team — drives are how organizations using Google Drive distribute and  collaborate on files. Google is now testing the ability to share folders within a shared drive.

Google Drive Stories May 14

In addition to last month’s announcement that Meet is now “free for everyone,” Google also quietly announced a new G Suite Essentials tier. More details about that offering, which bundles Google Meet and Drive, are now available.

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Google Drive Stories May 5

Google Drive has now officially gained support for biometric locks and unlocks with the iPhone and iPad Face ID and Touch ID systems.

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Google Drive Stories April 28

Google Drive and the G Suite family of productive apps often get small, iterative refreshes. The latest update today is more notable and sees a big redesign of the sharing UI that focuses on ease of use.

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Google Drive Stories April 17

One of the best-kept secrets in Google Drive,  the in-app document scanner, is now getting a Material Design makeover.

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