Google launched their Cloud Storage “Google Drive” on a slow roll out yesterday.
What’s Google Drive?
Well it’s kind of just like DropBox.
Simply it’s an App. That App creates a folder on your computer. Anything in that folder (on your hard drive) is also copied to the online site and stored there. Make a change on your computer and the change is also made there (in the cloud).
The magic comes when you have multiple computers all in sync or different people all sharing the single file. Changes happen and are reflected across all computers almost instantly.
So that’s the basics. I got started with it, downloaded the app and started syncing across all my computers just the same I would with DropBox. But that part kept nagging at me. Just like DropBox. DropBox…
I use DropBox all the time – constantly. I love DropBox. What does Google Drive do that it doesn’t?
Then I found it!
How many times has someone sent you a file you couldn’t open? It happens to me all the time. It might be anything from the lowly works file (.wks) to the uber cool adobe extensions (.ai) that graphic designers use. If I don’t have the program I can’t view it. I know that’s happened to you too.
I haven’t checked yet but IF Google Drive does that – that’s the reason I’m going to use it more and more. (I still like DropBox)
By the way, in setting up my folders to sync I noticed Drive didn’t pull the files that were shared with me. That’s critical. I don’t use cloud for backup – I use it for collaboration. Most all of my files are shared files. Luckily I found the answer…
Are you going to use Google Drive? Will it replace your DropBox? How about your S3 or Box.net?