Google Drive – First Impressions

He arrived. After much speculation and after major competitors announce news, the Google released just now Google Drive. This is the storage system in the cloud managed by the web giant. An evolution of Google Docs, so to speak, with all your important files saved in a folder that is there on company servers – wherever they are.

Maybe Google Drive is not released into your Google account. Maybe you’re at work and have no way to install the applications (for Windows, Mac or Android). Maybe you just want to read even without impregnate your PC with Google things that take you privacy. For all these cases and most others I could not imagine, here are the first impressions of the Drive.

Installation

This test was done with Google Drive application for synchronization in Windows 7. To download the installer go on this page. Of course, Google Drive has to be active in your Google account.

The installer is those who need to download a number of components before actually put the software to run on your machine. Then, the Explorer restarts (quiet, you will not miss any work in progress!) Already with the Google Drive active icon in the system tray.

Add your login and password. Google Drive will ask if you want to change the service folder on your machine or if you want to select which currently folders in Google Docs will be synchronized. By default it syncs everything to joy general who likes to keep things simple. Consider that the Docs previously offered only 1 GB and you realize that, as you have many files there, will fit everything in Drive – unless your hard drive is smaller than that.

The automatically Google Drive application creates a new entry in Windows Explorer Favorites. Excellent, because then you have faster access to synchronization capabilities in the cloud. Microsoft did the same with the SkyDrive app, available for download on Monday (23/4).

operation

The Google Drive folder on your computer replicates exactly everything that already existed in Google Docs (this is the default option). Dragging a file to it causes, automatically, it appears in the interface for the web service. The reverse is true for when you send a file through the Google Drive website – moments after it appears on the computer, depending on size.

I have no doubt that the arrival of Drive will bring more visibility to Google productivity tools, called Google Docs. All documents created with technology googliana open directly in the browser, as if they were simple shortcuts to what is on the internet. I have disabled the wireless connection from my machine to check and, indeed, thus has no way to edit documents. However, Google offers an extension that enables offline editing.

Anyway, answering some fans ecosystem readers Office: does not have to open a Google Docs document, be it text, spreadsheet or presentation in MS applications installed on the computer. The content of these documents is even downloaded to the PC – the link to the internet is the most important. Can you think of retiring Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

It also has no way to edit Microsoft Office documents from Docs. It remains as it was before: the Google cloud system handles these files as if they were attached. Can you see, but the issue is available only after they are converted to Google Docs files.

Detail: the edition file is with “~” in front there in Google Drive. default behavior, considering that runs on Windows and the windows system is so.

At least the synchronization is fast. Being with this very open text in Word and having shared with our editor Lucas Braga, the new version appeared in the browser seconds after I press the button to save the document. Just do not have constant updates on interface for web, which means that the person accompanying the issue can not know what has changed. You can not make changes to the document.

Docs files shared with you (or you) also appear in the Google Drive folder. Again, we’re talking about a simple shortcut to Google’s productivity services on the web. Continue mandatory to use the browser to move these documents. So much the better if Chrome, also produced by the web giant.

Conclusion

The operation of the new application is very similar to what we have become accustomed to do with Dropbox and SugarSync. It was repeated yesterday by Microsoft with the release of SkyDrive app for Windows, Mac and iPhone. Simplifying to the extreme, involves creating a folder on the computer that will be synchronized with the cloud.

As competitors, Google Drive application: to choose which folder will be synchronized; displays the synchronization status in the system tray; starts with Windows (you can turn off this feature).

Unlike competitors, Google Drive: Do not create a link to download each file (function that Dropbox released yesterday ); not edit documents Word, Excel and PowerPoint in the cloud (such as SkyDrive); does not synchronize folders in different directories, such as SugarSync; It has integration with Gmail to import attachments directly to the Google cloud.

Google Drive comes with no big news. It works well in what it claims to do. Offers 3GB more than Dropbox loved and 2GB less than Microsoft’s SkyDrive – 20GB or less if you followed this tip published in our site

You will migrate the service that currently uses to Drive?

 

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