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[ZOCIA Network] New Product: Google Drive

 

Google Drive is a brand new file synchronization product that allows users to centrally store all of their files in Google Docs. Files can be accessed via a web browser, the Google Drive client, and the Google Drive mobile app.  

Google Drive access will be rolling out to all domains over the next 4-8 weeks.

There are numerous changes in Google Docs, some of which are noted below. Please see the "For more information" section at the end which contains additional details.

What's completely new 
- Sync files between all of your devices with Google Drive for your Mac/PC
- Download the Drive mobile app for your iPhone or iPad
- View and search Google Drive on the web in a visual way with grid view
- Add a file to a folder by clicking the folder icon within a file or Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation
- Work with more file types by installing Google Drive apps from the Chrome Web Store

What's changed 
- Collections are now called folders
- More things have been added to the Settings menu, including upload settings
- The left navigation has new views: "My Drive", "Shared with me", and "Activity"
- The Home view is gone. Instead, use My Drive to organize all of your files, folders and Google Docs. 

Release track: 

- Rapid domains

Google Drive will become available to your users on an opt-in basis via invite at drive.google.com/start. Because we're releasing Google Drive gradually, some users may not be able to get started immediately, but they can request to be notified when Google Drive is ready for them to opt in.

In the coming months, Google Drive will become the default and will replace the documents list as the way for users to access their files and documents. At this time, all users will have access to the desktop sync clients and mobile applications.

- Scheduled domains

Google Drive will become available to your users on an opt-in basis shortly. We'll announce when this is available on whatsnew.googleapps.com. Following the opt-in period, Google Drive will become the default and will replace the documents list as the way for users to access their files and documents. At this time, all users will have access to the desktop sync clients and mobile applications.


Editions included: 
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included: 
All supported languages

How to access what's new: 
- Google Docs has been renamed to "Drive and Docs" in the Google Apps control panel. There are new settings in this service.

Storage and pricing

Google Drive, Gmail, and Picasa each give you storage space for free. When you run out, you can purchase extra storage space.

Store up to 5 GB for free and pay for additional storage as your Google Drive grows. Here's how it works:

  • Tap into your free 5 GB as soon as you start using Google Drive.
  • Purchase additional storage that can be shared with a Picasa account associated with the same Google Account (free storage doesn't transfer).
  • Automatically get additional Gmail storage when you purchase a storage plan.
  • Apply purchased storage to files synced and uploaded to Google Drive only (Google Docs don't count, although there are size limits).

Storage plans & pricing

Choose from any of the following storage plans to be shared across Google Drive and Picasa:

StorageMonthly Rate
25 GB $2.49
100 GB$4.99
200 GB$9.99
400 GB$19.99
1 TB$49.99
2 TB$99.99
4 TB$199.99
8 TB$399.99
16 TB $799.99

You can renew your current storage plan monthly or upgrade to a larger storage plan for the pro-rated difference at any time.

Cancelled subscriptions are non-refundable and paid storage can't be transferred from one Google Account to another.


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