Google Drive is gaining some new enterprise features, hot on the heels of Hangouts taking on Slack’s workplace dominance. These features expand on Drive’s already excellent functionality that should help it shine in team settings. Plus, it’ll make your data safer and more stable to work with.
There are quite a few new additions to Google Drive to go through.
Create, share and work confidently as a team with Team Drives
Stay in control of sensitive company data with Google Vault for Drive
Migrate easily to the cloud with our latest acquisition, AppBridge
Work seamlessly with the tools you’re already using with Drive File Stream
Access relevant files immediately with Quick Access, powered by Google machine intelligence
Team Drives is a collaborative feature to address multiple users creating and editing files in the cloud, which is something we’ve seen other cloud providers do recently. You’ll be able to create teams to manage shared files, and those files will belong to the “team,” not any one individual. So users can come and go, create and share, and everything will always stay there. There are granular tools for managing permissions, too, of course.
Google Vault is designed to help teams manage and retain information, specifically time and privacy sensitive data and files. You can set up time limits for how long to keep files, or specifically designate certain files that need to be retained for different circumstances or projects.
AppBridge is a migration tool that will help you move your files to the cloud. That sounds simple, but when you’re dealing with huge projects and collaboration, you’ll have to mange things like file structures and permissions, which isn’t always so simple. That’s where AppBridge comes in; it will help teams get their stuff over to Google to keep working with all of the extra features that Google offers.
Drive File Stream is a very interesting feature that streams files to your computer instead of downloading and syncing them. This helps to give as many team members as possible access to shared files, and also skips the step of having to store pieces on the hard drive. That’s great for cloud-reliant laptops and machines.
Lastly, Quick Access utilizes Google’s excellent search capabilities by letting you quickly sort and search through all of the files in a project. You can see who shares which files, how often they’re doing it, when those files are used during the day, and tons of other useful insights into how things are being used.