Could new Google Docs be interface for GDrive?

Could new Google Docs be interface for GDrive?

Summary: Google recently announced a couple smaller changes to their new Google Docs product that will begin showing up right away -- including the removal of the "shared with" area on the Docs console page. They say that feature is redundant anyway -- due to the powerful search capabilities already available.

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Google recently announced a couple smaller changes to their new Google Docs product that will begin showing up right away -- including the removal of the "shared with" area on the Docs console page. They say that feature is redundant anyway -- due to the powerful search capabilities already available.

Those small changes are going to be shadowed by a much larger interface change coming in the next couple weeks. The timing isn't surprising, since Microsoft released their Office 2010 for testing on Monday -- but the online solution that will work with Office has not yet been made public.

I am starting to think this new interface overhaul would be a great time to introduce GDrive (Google's rumored online file storage system) -- and make the current Google Docs console more of an online file browser. What do you think?

Topics: Software, Collaboration, Google, Microsoft

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  • Yes...

    ...it is.
    BIGELLOW
  • RE: Could new Google Docs be interface for GDrive?

    Excellent idea! That is the missing piece...
    dcrescenzi
  • RE: Could new Google Docs be interface for GDrive?

    its been a long time coming ... I even started to think
    it may never launch - but then I trust the rumour mill
    enough to know this killer application ? feature is way
    long overdue.
    david.hewett@...
  • RE: Could new Google Docs be interface for GDrive?

    While Google could launch a GDrive service, solutions
    are emerging to leverage disk space in Google's cloud.

    OffiSync (www.offisync.com) is a MS Office Add-on that
    let's you save, search, collaborate, and retrieve MS
    Office Docs from Google Docs storage. Extending this
    integration to Google Sites will let companies setup
    up sites as document libraries through which they can
    securely use Google storage space directly from within
    Office Apps.

    Regards,
    Allen
    www.horizoninfoservices.com
    allenfalcon
  • RE: Could new Google Docs be interface for GDrive?

    I agree, I would be an excellent time to introduce GDrive, but what about Google Wave? Could the new Docs Interface changes work better with the upcoming Wave?
    Bob_BLC
  • Love to see GDrive implemented,

    and I agree with Garrett that the coming [b]Google Docs[/b] interface overhaul represents a perfect opportunity to launch the former. But let me say here that if Google Docs is to compete on a future online office-suite market, the way in which footnotes are (mis)handled will have to be greatly improved....

    Henri
    mhenriday
  • Whatever it is...

    ...it's exciting! Hopefully it will do a lot to compete
    with MS Office. I would be very excited to have GDrive
    (finally), and it would be perfect for Chrome OS. Google
    Wave will probably have to be integrated with other
    products as well, so this really would be the perfect
    time to do it with Docs, as Bob_BLC mentioned.
    Californian
  • RE: Could new Google Docs be interface for GDrive?

    Not sure what you or the other responders mean in terms
    of an advantage.

    Google Docs are already stored in the cloud for you --
    that's part of the whole idea.

    Perhaps you are just referring to a way to backup all
    your google docs, in a way more simple, intuitive, and
    transparent then the google docs offline feature. And I'm
    certainly all for that.
    david@...