One of the most overdue features for Google’s cloud storage service, Drive, has been the ability to look at your Google+ photos. Google owns both services, so you’d think they would be interconnected, right? Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case up until now, but it looks like Google is working on rectifying that.
Did you know that today is Safer Internet Day? To celebrate, Google is giving you a chance to grab 2 GB of extra Google Drive storage, and it will only cost you 2 minutes of your time. More importantly, you will secure your account in the process
All you have to do is complete Google’s Security Checkup, which basically confirms your recovery information, apps and devices that have access to your account information, and lets you check your most recent sign-in activity.
In the beginning, Google’s online office suite wasn’t much to look at. A bare-bones text editor, a basic spreadsheet and presentation editor, and little in terms of features all around, people thought that Google’s online bid to take on Microsoft’s behemoth of an office suite was a bit ludicrous. However, in the nine years since it debuted, Google has been working hard at adding features like real time collaboration, easier editing, and more tools that bring the online suite closer to Microsoft’s desktop suite. It’s become so robust, that small enterprises have been moving toward the cloud office solution, and as such, Google has even more ambitious plans to take even more business away from Microsoft Office.
Right on the heels of adding in new features to Knox, Samsung has announced an offer for customers that use the security service. Any customers that sign up for Knox will get a free 3 month trial of Google Drive for Work, which is obviously Google’s own cloud storage service that’s centered around business security.
The offer nets customers a full 1 TB of storage, and if more than 5 users take part, that gets bumped up to unlimited storage. The encryption on the service is top notch, which goes hand-in-hand with Samsung’s take on Knox, so this might be a worthwhile offer for many people.
In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Google brought together three authors to write a short story. The twist is that they collaborated across the country using Docs. Edan Lepucki, Mike Curato, and Tope Folarin simultaenously wrote the short story featuring 1600 words and three illustrations in one hour. The opening line, which the authors had to work the story around, was submitted by Lauren Lopez of Malaysia. Google is celebrating the power and creativity of collaboration while showcasing what is possible with its productivity suite.
You can click here to read the short story and hit the break for a recap of how it came together.
The Google Maps team has certainly been busy with new features finally reaching users the past few weeks. The most recent update involves an update that ties in with another Google service, Google Drive. Google is making access to My Maps available through Drive and eventually maps created by users will be available through Drive as well.
The holidays are hectic for everyone because there is so much do to in a short amount of time. Luckily, Google shows that everything can be simplified with the range of products underneath the Drive umbrella. Sending out those holiday cards is organized with Forms because of the text fields for information. With the Avery Label Merge add-on, you can take addresses from Sheets and port them into a template in Docs to create holiday cards. For those very personal holiday letters, use Docs so that every member of the family can collaborate simultaneously. And take advantage of Slides so that everyone can make a wishlist presentation with unique styles.
Google Drive can do a lot professionally, and now it can do a lot for the holidays.
Source: Google Drive Blog
Google has added a great function to Drive and Gmail that should speed up moving files between the two services. Now whenever you have an Office file in Gmail that you want to edit in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, a single click will automatically convert the file into the appropriate Drive app for you to begin editing immediately. Plus, you get all the extra useful features of Google’s office suite, including having a full file history to fall back on.
If you frequently get sent Office attachments in your email, this change should help speed up your work immediately.
Today, web users of Google Drive are getting three new features involving Docs and Slides. All three the new features enhance the usability of Google’s productivity suite.
Hit the break to see what’s new.
We expect Chromebooks to be a very hot item for holiday shoppers this year. The devices running Chrome OS are cheap and the hardware is vastly different than what it once was. The value of a Chromebook just keeps getting and better. And it gets even better now because Google is giving new Chromebook owners free Drive storage. How much? An astounding 1TB for two years. That is nearly $240 that you do not have to spend. It is more than enough space for the average user, that’s for sure.
The offer expires on January 1, 2015. Don’t leave it sitting underneath the Christmas tree for too long!
Source: Google Drive Blog