Apr 25, 2012

What's the difference between Google Drive and Google Docs?

I went and enabled Google Drive today, after a short time got a message that it was ready. I went to it and said to myself, hmmm, this looks just like Google Docs. Then I realize that it appears Drive replaced Docs. I wasn't expecting that. I haven't had time to do much with it yet, but I have to wonder; Is Drive just a repackaging of Docs?


Google Drive and Docs are the components of an integrated service that provides a single place to store, access, create, edit, and share documents, files, and folders of all types.


Google Drive and Docs overview



Well, it seems that Google Docs redirects to Google Drive now (see the story link below). This seems to be part of Google's plan to integrate Google Docs into Drive. But it does have the potential to confuse people who have no idea what Google Drive is or what it's for.

I think people will adjust to this change relatively quickly though. Most will probably like the fact that Docs is now integrated into Google Drive.

Google Docs now redirects to Google Drive

"Today Google finally launched its cloud-storage service Google Drive, and for those who have signed up you'll now find yourself redirected to Drive when you attempt to access Google Docs. This only happens if you're signed up for the new service, and you'll still be able to access all of your documents as before — it's just done through Drive now. "

Well, you are partially correct.  Google Drive does "replace" Google Docs storage, but docs don't count against your 5GB storage limit.  You can also store pretty much anything.  It's much more like Dropbox than Docs ever was.  Plus there are some cool add-on "apps" for Drive.  I haven't had much time to play around with Drive yet either, but hey, for free, I will.  The thing is, between Dropbox, SugarSync and Google Drive, I have plenty of cloud storage without dropping a dime on anything.  It would have been unthinkable 10 years ago just how much storage is available to anyone, for free.  Welcome to the future, I suppose.  

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