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Google Drive Editor's Review

In last few years, the popularity and proliferation of Cloud storage and usage has shot up considerably. Everyone, including a teenager to a network administrator is using some type of cloud based data storage. You can opt for both free and paid cloud storage services and most contenders offer various packages to cater to client needs. Google, the internet search and service behemoth, could not afford to lag in the Cloud race and its Google Drive offers class leading synchronization and backup.

You can use Google Drive on PCs running Windows Vista and later versions. It is also compatible with Mac OS. After you download and install the app’s PC client, it is necessary to sign in the Google account you have. After the process is finished, you will find a Google Drive folder appearing in your PC’s hard drive.  

Google Drive is deeply linked with Google’s numerous online services including Chrome browser, Gmail and online office apps. Incidentally, these apps were earlier called Google Docs but now they are also named as Google Drive. This can be a little confusing for the first time users.

Where Google trounces many rivals is in free storage. With time, the amount of free storage offered by Google Drive is going up. If you have a Google account, 15 GB of Cloud storage comes free. Even its paid storage options are far more affordable than what most competitors offer. It also support file sizes up to 1 TB, a humongous range for most users.

All Google apps accessible through Google Drive run well under Chrome and other web browsers. If you are a Chrome user, there are several ways to access Google Drive. The desktop application is simple but user friendly. You can use drag and drop to put a file in the Drive folder and instantly the app starts uploading it to cloud servers. There is option for selective synchronization. The app does not tax system resources much.

Sharing files and folders stored in Google Drive folder is simple. You just need to select the file and then right click to share. You can choose the persons with whom you want to share it and set permission for access. When a stored file is updated, the changes are caught and updated by the service.

The web interface of web interface is intuitive and sleek. The UI has main options stacked vertically at left side. You can choose to star rate folders and files. Files and folders can be displayed either in grid view or as list. Within the UI, you can open and edit MS Office docs without launching those apps. This can be useful when you access the Web UI from another PC where MS Office suite is not installed.

The Google online apps for making documents and spreadsheets cannot really match up to their desktop based rivals in MS Office suite. However, they are decent for basic editing and viewing needs. Advanced users can use several add-ons to extend functionality of Google Drive. Besides, users can access and edit those documents in Android devices without installing any third party app. For all operations including upload, Google Drive is quite fast.

The mobile apps for Google Drive are good but they are available only for iOS and Android devices. Windows Phone and BlackBerry users are left out. The apps are meant to be used online but now you can also use the offline mode.

Google Drive loses a few points when it comes to security of uploaded and synced data. The data is transferred using SSL encryption but the storage is not encrypted as such. However, Google’s use of 2 factor authentication is a redeeming factor though. Security conscious users can use third party apps to encrypt data stored with Google Drive. Google offers top notch tech support through live chat and phone.

Overall, the services scores well in ease of use, sharing and customization but it faces steep competition from rivals like DropBox and revamped OneDrive.

Positive Points:
•    Easy to use and setup.
•    Seamless data syncing across devices.
•    15 GB online storage for free.
•    Lightweight app and easy sharing.

Negative Points:
•    No support for Linux.
•    Mobile apps only for iOS and Android.
•    Not enough security for data.

Conclusion:
Google Drive is ideal for those PC users who already use Gmail and other Google online services. The service is easy to configure and setup. The flexibility and customization options are numerous. It races ahead of most rivals in storage space, both for free and paid packages. File sharing is also simple and the mobile apps work well. The online office alternative apps offered by Google are adequate for basic usage and editing needs. However, security conscious users are likely to frown over lack of encryption for stored data.

Rating: 4/5








Google Drive Publisher's Description

With Google Drive, you can upload files to your Google account, convert them to Google's file format to edit them online, create new docs in the Web interface, collaborate with other users in real time, and export the finished products to more standard file formats, such as .doc, .rtf, .pdf, and so on. The latest round of changes makes working with others in real time even more intuitive, because you can see their profile pictures on the screen, where formerly you only saw a line of text at the top and a color code indicating who else was looking at or editing the file.

Because of these wide-ranging capabilities and its dedication to collaborative document editing, Google Drive remains a PCMag Editors' Choice. We have no hesitation recommending Google Drive—although it is important to understand how one of the new features works. The feature in question could potentially reveal your identity to others, but managing it is simple when you know how it works. And as much as Google Drive is an excellent platform and service, that doesn't mean it's the only file-syncing service you should use either.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Google Drive is a Cloud synchronisation service which is intrinsically linked with all Google's online services including Gmail, Android, the Chrome browser and Google's online office applications (what used to be called Google Docs but is now also called Google Drive). Although Drive's most basic form is a file synchronisation tool, it has many added extras which are perfect for helping you work in the Cloud.

Publisher: google.com | License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
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Released Date: 03-10-2014 | Rating: 5 | Title: Google Drive

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Program Info Url: https://drive.google.com/
Download Url: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/drive

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