Need a way to nurture collaboration, assure file security and have immediate access to all your digital data? Google Drive may be your answer. Google Drive is an online service that allows users to store and share data through cloud computing technology. Documents, presentations, photos and videos can be synced across all your devices and shared from anywhere via computers, smartphones and tablets. This is a fantastic service for businesses because files can be shared and edited together in the cloud live by multiple users for easy and efficient collaboration. Drive also allows you to back up files from your device in case your computer is lost, your phone is stolen or your tablet breaks. We all know how frustrating that can be!
Have you ever received an email attachment you were unable to open because it was too large or you didn’t have the right software? Google Drive allows you to view large files in any format regardless of what software you have on your computer or device. Competitors like Dropbox — which has been a popular program for data storage and sharing since 2007 — do not have this ability, and it can be very frustrating. Drive outshines Dropbox with its ability to facilitate live collaboration. It also exceeds Dropbox’s capacity to recognize and open application-specific files like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop files on all devices. Unless Dropbox is able to mirror these features, I believe it will not be able to compete with Google Drive in the future.
Cloud computing is the future of business and personal file management. Google Drive is a step in the right direction for making cloud computing a more widely used, user friendly means of file management. Once again, Google invents something revolutionary that affects the way we interact and live.