Google Drive is #2 in Top 22 Cloud Storages

Last updated: November 06, 2019
Google Drive
Online file storage and syncing service working as a file system for other Google's services. Allows to sync files between all your computers and mobile devices or collaborate on files with your team and partners. Version control, OCR, powerful online viewer. Provides 5 GB free disk space.

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#2 in Top 22 Cloud Storages

Alternatives


The best alternatives to Google Drive are: OneDrive, DropBox, iCloud, Amazon WorkDocs, Box, Zoho WorkDrive



Latest news about Google Drive


2018. Google Drive added comments to Microsoft Office files



Google Drive makes it easier for teams and agencies to use a mix of G Suite and Microsoft Office while working with their colleagues and customers. From now Google Drive users can easily comment on Office files, PDFs and images in the Drive preview pane without having to use (and potentially pay for) tools like Microsoft Office or Acrobat Reader — or having to convert them to Google Docs, Sheets or Slides files. That’s not quite the real-time commenting feature you get from G Suite or Office 365, but it’s still better than having to constantly convert documents back and forth between Office and G Suite.




2017. Google launches Drive File Stream to replace the Google Drive desktop app for G Suite users



Google launched a new desktop application for Google Drive users, called Drive File Stream, which is now available to G Suite customers. The app will serve as a replacement for the Google Drive desktop app that will be shut down next year. A key difference between the consumer application and the enterprise version is the option for administrative control. Company I.T. departments starting today will see the settings for Drive File Stream appear in the Admin Console for their version of G Suite, says Google. This will allow them to configure and distribute the solution for their domain, including turning sync on, specifying how the software is installed, disabling Google Update if the company prefers manual updates, and managing other settings.


2017. Google Drive gets a new Backup & Sync desktop app



Google launched its new Backup and Sync app for both Mac and PC, which aims to help users more easily back up the files and photos on their computer. The utility is meant to replace the older Google Photos desktop app, as well as the Google Drive client applications. The new tool offers a simple user interface, where you’ll first sign into your Google account, then select the folders you want Google to continually back up to Google Drive. In addition to backing up files on your desktop computer, the new software also can be used to back up photos from USB-connected devices, like cameras, as well as SD cards. For business users Google is planning to release a new enterprise-focused solution called Drive File Stream, which will roll out to all G Suite users later this year.


2017. Google updated Drive with a focus on its business users



Google introduced several updates to its online file storage service Google Drive, which all aim to make it more useful for the company’s business and enterprise users. To better support the enterprise, though, Google is mostly focusing on making Drive a better service for teams. That means Team Drives, Google’s solution for enterprise file sharing that launched in preview last year, is now generally available, for example. During the preview, which lasted about six months, the team identified a number of issues, especially around permissions, that it needed to fix ahead of a general launch, and it’s now ready to open the project up to all businesses. Also generally available now is Google Vault for Drive, which offers tools to support the archiving and data retention needs of large enterprises, especially in regulated industries.


2016. Google Drive gets intelligent search



Google Drive is getting a new search that understands natural language and can autocorrect your search query by suggesting corrections to misspelled search terms. For example, you can search your documents by saying things like “find my budget spreadsheet from last December” or “show me presentations from Anissa”. The feature will improve over time, too, so the results will become more accurate with more frequent use. The new feature probably means that soon Google also will add voice interface to Google Drive.


2014. Google Drive adds OpenDocument support, sending files as attachments



Google is rolling out a series of updates for its cloud-based storage service Google Drive. Gmail users will now be able to share Drive documents as attachments that are sent as part of email files. That’s useful in case the person receiving the document doesn’t have permission to view the file in Google Drive or if you delete the file from Drive at a later time. Google also added support for importing all three major ODF (Open) file formats: .odt files for documents, .ods for spreadsheets, and .odp for presentations. That change will make it easier for users to work with files from other open source productivity suites such as LibreOffice. On Android, Drive users will also be able to search for files using voice commands within the Google search app. A user could say, “OK, Google — search for holiday letter on Drive,” for instance.


2014. Google Drive for desktop now allows to launch files in preferred applications



File storage service Google Drive now allows users to more easily launch the files they have saved in the cloud using their preferred desktop applications. The feature is available as an optional Chrome extension. Once installed, users will be able to right-click on applications stored in Google Drive and open them using a compatible application on their computer. Users must also have the latest version of the Drive app for Mac or PC installed and their files synced to the computer in order for the extension to work. Google says the new extension is rolling out over the next several days.


2014. Google launched Drive for Work with unlimited storage


On Monday Microsoft tried to surprise the public having doubled the free and paid cloud storage limits in OneDrive. But Google made it more effective. Google released the enterprise version of its file storage and sync tool Google Drive for Work, which for $10/month provides UNLIMITED cloud storage. And to make a little more fun of the competitors, Google increased the maximum file size to 5 TERABITES (of course, if you find such a file somewhere). In addition, the business version of Drive meets the enterprise security requirements and provides every file encryption, logging every file access, 99.9% availability. Also it added  Office Compatibility mode which allows you to edit MS Office documents in their native format. Google Drive for Work is included in the Google Apps suite, so if you pay for it - you get the other apps (GMail, Hangouts, Sites ...) for free.


2014. Google Drive gets a Big price drop



Google (for some reason) decided not to play the game "We are slightly reducing cloud pricing AGAIN" and slashed Google Drive fees down to the bottom. Now the service offers the free plan 15GB and 100GB cost only $1.99/month (previously the price was $4.99). And if you need as much as 1TB, it will cost you $9.99/month (previously was $49.99). New Google Drive pricing is significantly lower than the competitors offer. The closest rival - Microsoft, which also recently reduced OneDrive prices. OneDrive provides 7GB for free, and 100 GB cost $4.1/month. Not to mention such services as Box and Dropbox, which prices are higher in 3-5 times.


2014. Google Drive adds activity feeds



Google still doesn't want to add social intranet to its office suite - hopes that we'll use Google+ for this purpose. But at least they add social tools to existing services. Today the cloud file storage Google Drive gets activity feeds, that allows to track the actions of your colleagues by project or by specific file. It works like this: you open the folder and press the "I" button - the right panel shows the activity feed for this folder with such actions as moving and deleting files, renaming, uploading, sharing, adding comments. If you want to see the log by specific files - just select them in the list. The new feature will appear in all accounts during the week.


2012. Google Drive for iOS now can edit documents


In July, when Google released a mobile client Google Drive for iOS, users were disappointed by the lack of ability to edit documents on iPhone/iPad. Today, Google has fixed this drawback, but with some limitations. Editing (including real-time collaboration editing) is available only for text documents. Though the video shows that spreadsheets can also be edited, in fact, it's just a special effect. Editing spreadsheets will appear later. Besides, Google added the ability to view presentations, create new folders and move files between folders. Google Drive for Android app has been also updated today. It now also features the ability to create folders, move files and add comments to files and documents.


2012. Zoho will work on top of the Google Drive



Looks like guys from Zoho are not going to create their own file storage and syncing service. Instead, they will use the product of their "friends" from Google - Google Drive. Yesterday, Zoho has launched the integration of its office suite (Writer, Sheet and Show) with Google Drive, which lets you open documents stored on Google Drive in these online Zoho apps. You just need to install Zoho editors from the Chrome Web Store, and then the integration will be enabled not only in Chrome, but in all other browsers. This integration demonstrates the potential of Google Drive as a cloud storage for third-party apps. Various project management systems, CRM, intranet solutions can use Google Drive as an external storage, which also enables file access on any mobile platform. And the third-party developers can be assured in Google's decency, because even competing Zoho apps passed the moderation.


2012. Google Chrome and Google Drive come to iPhone/iPad



Remember how it was on Windows? First, Google released the browser - Google Chrome. Then it quietly turned the browser into the operating system and now, it like a cancer is trying to replace Windows by itself. The same thing happened on Mac OS. Recently Chrome also has become the default browser on Android. And few days ago Google (saying that Chrome is already the most popular browser in the world) has launched Chrome for iOS. However, Google's plan to replace all the operating systems by the Chrome can be broken by the Apple's mobile platform. The fact is that Apple has limited the capabilities of third-party browsers on the iOS beforehand. In fact, all third-party browsers on iPhone/iPad can work only as add-ons to the native browser Safari (using its secure Javascript-engine). In result - they work 2 times slower than Safari. Also, Safari is the default browser on iOS and it can't be replaced. Thus, Google's dream about Web-oriented cross-platform operating system may come true only through the court, which would remove these restrictions. In addition to Chrome, Google has released Google Drive app for iOS. It allows to sync folders or specific files between PC, online account, Android-smartphone and now iPhone / iPad. The app for iOS also allows to view many file types, but you can edit them only using online Google Docs, which don't work offline and open in Safari browser (because of described above reason). However, as you know, Google recently acquired the mobile office suite QuickOffice, so soon we can expect the native apps for editing documents on iOS.


2012. Google launched Google Drive



After (just) six years after the first rumors appeared Google has launched the legendary file storage service Google Drive. And the first question is: why they created Google Drive as a separate service, when Google Docs is de-facto Google's online storage that can store any files? There is a couple of reasons. First, such file storage and sharing services (Dropbox and clones) is a very hot topic either in consumer or enterprise space. And the attention that Google can attract with the new app in this space is not a bad thing for the search giant. Second, Google Drive will serve as a file system not only for Google Docs, but also for other Google's services that operate files (GMail, Google +, Google Sites, Picasa ...). Like Dropbox or SkyDrive, Google Drive creates a folder on your computer and syncs files between this folder, online account and other devices where the client app is installed. Currently Google Drive provides client apps for Windows, Mac, Android. In a couple of weeks apps for iPhone and iPad will appear. You can manually set the files and folders that should be synced. There are some drawbacks in the service. For example, documents from Google Docs are not copied to the computer and can not be edited and viewed locally. The local folder displays only links to these documents on Google Docs and you can open them only in browser. But the good news is that in browser you can open about 30 types of documents, including even Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop files. And most important, the service can operate as a private (or enterprise) Youtube - you can upload and view any video files. Google Drive allows you to share files and folders with your colleagues and partners. You can give them access to view, comment or edit docs and files. Other benefits of Google Drive are - the version control system, which stores all file version for 30 days, OCR, powerful search. In addition, developers can build apps on top of Google Drive. Currently, several applications are already available, such as AutoCad WS (for opening AutoCAD files), Aviary (for image editing), Balsamiq Mockups (for drawing interfaces), DocuSign (for digital signature), etc. Currently, several applications are available, such as AutoCad WS to work with AutoCAD files, Aviary image editing, Balsamiq Mockups - drawing interface, DocuSign for EDS, etc. Google Drive offers free 5 GB space to each user (compare with DropBox 2 GB, SkyDrive 7 GB). If necessary, you can buy more disk space: from $ 2.49/mes for 25 GB. Google Drive will be immediately available to Google Apps users.


2011. Amazon Cloud Drive vs. Microsoft SkyDrive vs. Google Docs vs. Box.net



Last week, Amazon launched the new online file storage service Amazon Cloud Drive. And taking into account reputation of Amazon, as the online storage market leader, this event, of course, deserves our attention. Let's consider the advantages and disadvantages of this service compared to key competitors. The main parameters - are shown in the table (below). It's turns out that the main advantage of Amazon Cloud Drive - if free 5GB account  with maximum file size of 2GB. However, its main drawback negates this advantage: you can not share this large file with anyone. Amazon Cloud Drive doesn't allow to share files publicly or protected by password. I.e. the only way of using this service - is a private storage for backup or enhancing your productivity. However, taking into account the fact that Amazon Cloud Drive also doesn't provide online editors (like Google Docs or SkyDrive), nor a universal file viewer and a version control system (like Box.net), nor the mobile access, nor desktop synchronization - the competitiveness of this service is questionable. Although, it is quite simple and convenient tool. Note also that the high free limits of Amazon Cloud Drive don't mean that it's paid resources are cheap. For example, the cost of 1TB in Amazon Cloud Drive - is $1000 per month, and in Google Docs, for comparison - $ 256/month.


2010. GDrive is now officially Google Docs



The soap opera about fabled GDrive (Google's online storage service) is finally over. As we expected, Google will not create a separate service. Instead, Google Docs allow now to upload any files and use them for online collaboration. Each account provides 1Gb free of charge. Additional memory can be purchased for $ 0.25/Gb per year. Google Apps users can purchase additional 5GB for $17 per year. Maximum file size is 250 MB. Many file types can be viewed online using Google Viewer (unfortunately, video is not supported). In addition, Google opened the Google Documents List API, which allows third-party applications to synchronize files with Google Docs or use it as an online file storage. There are already 3 useful applications using this API: - Memeo Connect - desktop client that syncs files across multiple computers using Google Docs - Syncplicity - allows you to create online backups using Google Docs. - Manymoon - online project management system that uses Google Docs to store project files