Google Drive is Now Available: 5 Cool Things To Do

I had a nice 8GB USB thumb drive a few weeks ago. It had some large files on it that were impractical to email, some photos I was going to use on a web site, and a few other miscellaneous items. The little memory stick was a convenient way of moving information because it was small enough to fit in my pocket, and I could plug it in to any computer I happened to be in front of.

You’ll notice I wrote that sentence in the “past-tense,” because I lost it. I also had a portable USB hard drive that I carted around in my travel bag for the same reason…which died after I dropped it.

Two problems with storing information on a piece of hardware is if your hardware malfunctions or you don’t have it with you, your information is at best inaccessible and at worst lost forever.

Google Drive was recently released to everyone, Google’s new cloud storage product that gives you 5GB of free storage. Sundar Pichai, a lead Google Apps developer,  describes Google drive as “a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.”

He’s not kidding either. Google Drive is integrated into your email system (Click the Documents or Drive link at the top of your mail screen), and can be set up to work just like a virtual hard drive on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Once logged into your Drive, you can upload files, create and share documents, and manage the accessibility of your files. Photos and information I frequently use are now in a central location that can’t be lost or victimized by my butterfingers,  and I can access these files from any Internet connection.

To sweeten the deal, here’s 5 things you can do with Google Drive to make it even better: Continue reading “Google Drive is Now Available: 5 Cool Things To Do”

New Look to Google Docs!

Last month, Google lets us preview their new revamped email interface with good results. The improvements in readability, functionality, and efficiency were evident right away. This week, the interface update is being applied to Google Docs (video). Continue reading “New Look to Google Docs!”

Gmail, Google Apps, Apps for Business, and Apps for Non-Profit — What’s the Difference?

Google AppsBesides search, Gmail is Google’s most popular product. Its immense storage capacity and the inclusion of a robust office application suite makes it one of the most useful services on the Internet. However, Google Apps accounts come in four main flavors, and many do not understand the difference. Using the correct type of Apps account ensures you are leveraging these powerful tools to your advantage. Continue reading “Gmail, Google Apps, Apps for Business, and Apps for Non-Profit — What’s the Difference?”

Microsoft Office Faces New Competition with Google Cloud Connect

 


To the Cloud!

Google has released Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, which allows users to save and convert their MS Office documents into Google Docs.  A free software plug-in attaches to MS Office apps and allows seamless conversion, sharing, and saving to Google’s Docs storage.  The reason this tool has Microsoft raising its eyebrows is it’s the first serious contender that could convince the corporate world to move away from Microsoft’s cash cow.  Do they have reason to worry? Continue reading “Microsoft Office Faces New Competition with Google Cloud Connect”