Google Drive comes to Google Apps

If you're interested in getting started, you can do so here: drive.google.com/ 

People love all the benefits of Google Docs. They're available everywhere - any desktop, any smartphone, any tablet - any device with your favorite browser or even your least favorite browser. Google Docs are always up to date because you don't have multiple copies floating around. Employees can collaborate on one central document and all changes are visible in realtime. Unlimited revision history is another great benefit. Currently Google Docs offers essentially unlimited storage for Google file formats, it also offers 5 GB's of storage for other document types like Microsoft Word and Excel. 

Google Drive brings all these great benefits to all kinds of file types and offers local syncing for your Mac and PC. This allows you to have all your files with you all the time. You can access and edit your files from any device and, like Google Docs, they'll always be up to date. Google Drive also offers 5 GB of storage for free and the ability to purchase up to 16TB.

Google Drive is a great replacement for the office file share or outdated document management software like SharePoint. Google Drive also integrates directly with Google Apps and other applications from the Google Apps Marketplace.  

With Google Drive, you can: 

  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items. As a business user, you can share files or folders with specific people, your entire team, or even customers and partners outside your company, controlling who can view or make edits.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just... there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
  • Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner, activity and many more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual news article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos of the Grand Canyon into Drive for an upcoming ad campaign, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time. Open more than 30 file types right in your browser—including HD video, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop—even if you don’t have the corresponding program installed on your computer.

Google Drive also includes all the great features as the rest of the Google Apps suite:

  • Continuous innovation - no upgrades, no patches, no out of date software (looking at you Exchange 2010!)
  • Redundancy - data is securely replicated across multiple data centers 
  • Security - store your documents safely in some of the world's most secure data centers
  • Availability - Google operates the world's most reliable web services, that's why we all go to Google.com to see if our Internet is working. 
  • Cost - sometimes you can get more for less

Google Drive is being rolled out now and 5 GB of storage will be offered to Google Apps customers at no additional cost. Additional storage up to 16GB is available for purchase. You can start using Drive today.