Google Drive has arrived!
Last month, Google launched its very own file sharing and online storage program. Ergonomic and easy to use, Google Drive resembles Dropbox and Skydrive in many ways but integrates seamlessly with Gmail, is synchronized with Google Docs and Google +, and, most importantly, allows you to store all your files in one single place that is accessible at all times!
10 Benefits of Google Drive
1 – Google Drive lets you send large files to your colleagues, clients and friends directly from your Gmail account. When you join Google Drive, you automatically have 5 GB of storage space. It is also possible to buy more GO at a low cost. For Google Drive prices, click here.
2 – Google Drive allows you to access your files remotely. Indeed, Google Drive can be synchronized with your computer. With Drive, all your files become available on the web. You have a big presentation coming up? No need for a USB key!
Read this article to learn how to synchronize your computer with Google Drive.
3 – Google Drive has its own mobile application which gives you access to your files on your iPhone or smartphone, no matter where you are!
4 – Google Drive has an efficient built-in search engine which allows you to find content easily with a keyword search. You can also look for files by owner or by file type.
5 – Google Drive is equipped with an OCR (optical character recognition) function, which allows you to search for words or expressions in scanned documents. For example, finding someone's name in an old newspaper article that was scanned and saved on Google Drive is possible thanks to OCR technology!
6 – Google Drive allows users to open various types of files, like.ai (Adobe Illustrator) and even .psd (Photoshop) files.
7 – Google Drive and Google Docs are complementary programs. Google Docs lets you create documents, spreadsheets and presentations online, and work simultaneously with partners or colleagues on a same document. Changes appear in real time and are saved for thirty days, which makes it possible for you to view earlier versions of your documents. Google Docs also allows you to add certain access privileges to your files and determine who can view, edit or comment a shared document.
8 – Google Drive lets you share photos and videos with your contacts. Like Google Docs, your files can be commented. A notification is automatically sent to you when a comment is posted in response to yours.
9 – Google Drive uses image recognition technology. This new technology, which is still being perfected, can actually recognize the content of your pictures! Type "Eiffel Tower" in Google Drive’s integrated search engine and find pictures of you in front of the Eiffel Tower.
10 – The program is free!
On Google Drive, your data can’t get lost, no matter what you do to your computer! Try it today at: https://drive.google.com/start
* Be sure to secure your Google Drive accoutn. Do not share your password and if you're on a public computer, make sure to log out of your Google account as soon as you leave.