Google to begin accepting businesses into Team Drive early access program

Team Drive is G Suite's take on team file sharing -- and it's started taking beta testers.

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Google on Monday announced it's now accepting businesses into the early adopter program for its Team Drives file-sharing feature within Google Drive.

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Team Drives was announced in September as part of the big G Suite overhaul. It's a file management tool for businesses. Users can drop documents, presentations, spreadsheets, photos, and more to store in the cloud and share with co-workers.

Google says content ownership and sharing are managed at the team level, and new roles give more granular control over team content. Every person and Google Group added to a Team Drive gets instant access to that team's documents.

Google gave the following restrictions on the EAP in a blog post:

  • The Team Drives EAP is only open to G Suite Business and Education customers.
  • Only G Suite admins can sign up for the Team Drives EAP. If you are not the G Suite admin for your organization, please contact that individual and ask them to sign up.
  • Admins will need to enroll their entire primary domain in the EAP. They will be able to restrict Team Drives creation to certain organizational units, but all users in the domain will be able to see and access Team Drives. They will not be able to enroll secondary domains.
  • At the moment, Team Drives does not support some features, including adding members from outside of one's domain, syncing to a desktop computer, and Vault capabilities.

Businesses can now apply for the early adopter program, said to kick off shortly.

Formally called Google Apps for Work, G Suite offers businesses a range of cloud offerings.

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