If you’re using Google Docs in any capacity, you might have gotten a notice about a switch to Google Drive. If you were wondering what that means, or if you haven’t heard of the switch, it’s all pretty simple. Following the launch of Google Drive several months ago, Google has now decided to turn Drive into its sole cloud storage service, and is therefore eliminating what we came to know as Google Docs. But what does that mean for your files?
In reality, not much. According to Google, “Google Drive is the new home for all your files and folders including your Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. This means all your files that were previously stored in Google Docs will now be available in Google Drive”. To put it simply, Google is taking all the files you have stored in Google Docs, and moving them to Google Drive. You might already see the change in your Google Bar.
Another way to look at it is simply as an interface change. Your files are unchanged, but instead of using the Google Docs interface, you will now be using Google Drive. Even your old links to your Google Docs will simply redirect to the new Google Drive links. If you’ve never used Google Drive before, you’ll see this message next time you access Google Docs:
You can use the link provided to set up your Google Drive account. Once you make the switch, you’ll see that while it’s now called Drive, it looks almost identical to what you were used to in Docs. The major differences are the Google Drive desktop app you can download, and the ability to upload any file to your Doc/Drive account.
All in all, you probably have nothing to worry about. You might even like the switch to Drive and the new features it provides.
Were you already using Drive or will you start using it now? What do you think of the switch?
Source: Google Drive Blog
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