Google Docs is great for creating, storing and collaborating on documents, spreadsheets and presentations – all in the cloud with information saved as you enter it.
Now Google has shifted all of your files to Google Drive.
Google Drive is a cloud storage service that comes with 5 GB of free storage. You can upgrade to 25 GB for about $2.49 a month or a whopping 100GB for $4.99 a month. All the way up to 1 terabyte. For most, 5 GB will do. As with the old Google Docs, you can create, share, edit, and manage files online and have access to them from anywhere.
New, is the Google Drive mobile app which syncs as you make changes from your computer or other devices. So you can now access your files on the go on your smartphone.
The killer new feature is the Google Drive folder on your computer allowing you to work offline on documents which syncs across devices and in the cloud. You don’t have to install Google Drive on your computer in order to use Google Docs, Spreadsheets and Presentations.
If you decide to install Google Drive, you can then drag more than 30 file types into the folder for access to your files from anywhere and from any computer or device. File types include photographs, music, videos, and PDFs. This is great for listening to music at the gym on your phone from a music file dumped into the Google Drive folder, or accessing a slide deck of your presentation on the road.
Google Drive is not dissimilar to other cloud storage applications like iCloud and Dropbox, though iCloud is limited to iOS users only. And as with all cloud storage applications, check the terms of service regarding privacy and security issues around the storage of sensitive client and operational information.
Here’s a short video to get you started: