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The New Google Drive

Among the complement of free and low-cost productivity tools offered by the Internet giant Google is the new Google Drive system. On the surface, it can seem like just another option among many for storage in the cloud. Dropbox, SkyDrive and Box are just a few of the more recognizable names in cloud storage, with a passel of other contenders vying for the privilege of storing your digital content. Under more intense scrutiny, however, Google Drive offers a variety of tools that can make it an ideal solution for business owners and entrepreneurs.

Google Drive syncs with your computer and mobile devices, allowing you to access documents, videos, music, photos and more from anywhere. If you edit a document on your smartphone, those changes will be applied and reflected when you download it onto a computer. It integrates seamlessly with the existing and already-powerful tools like Gmail and Google Docs.

The beauty of the Google Drive lies within the collaborative editing and sharing capabilities. Within one program, you can work with a virtual assistant or online business manager to tweak a document, put the finishing touches on a press release or hash out the wording for a new proposal. Everyone’s editing history is saved, allowing users to look through all changes made to a particular document within the last thirty days. When your professional team is spread out over the map, Google Drive can act as a virtual office space where everyone works together. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop files can be opened and shared with Google Drive, making graphic design collaboration easier than ever before.

Users get up to 5GB of free space, with inexpensive upgrade options to suit the needs of a business of any size. Monthly fees for additional storage space are affordable, while the tiered system allows entrepreneurial users to choose the plan that best suits their individual needs.

Apple’s iCloud service is similar in some ways, but it’s only accessible to iOS users. Google Drive can be accessed by Android tablets and smartphones, iPads and iPhones alike. With universal functionality and a baseline of 5GB available space, not to mention the added perk of full integration with the wide array of Google services, Google Drive may be just the solution for your business.

 

Posted on March 18th, 2013 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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