Nope, Google Docs isn’t dead. This is not another Googleocalypse. Instead of eliminating something (like it regrettably did with Google Desktop), the search mammoth has hit one out of the ballpark with a change that gives you multiple advantages, all in a new product called Google Drive.
Now, Google combines its collaborative office suite with a cloud storage platform that lets you kill two birds with one stone. Google Drive is a place to store your pictures, create new documents, collaborate with others in content and spreadsheet creation, and access them from any device no matter where you are.
OK. There’s no need to sweeten this any further. We all know that Google Drive is a powerful product. But what about its cons?
Here are a few:
- The interface doesn’t explain in-depth what a fusion table is or how to use it. If Google would have a video on this, I think that many people would use this feature. At the time of this article’s publication, the fusion table (in the “Create > More” menu) is experimental, so I guess that Google will eventually have more in-depth material on this. From what I know, it’s a table that allows you to join different data sets from spreadsheets.
- Google Drive has half the space that Gmail currently gives you. How something like email would require 10 GB is beyond me. However, there’s another side to the coin: Google Drive lets you upgrade from 5 GB to 25 GB for nearly $2.50 a month. It allows you to add up to 16 TB of additional storage.
- You might lose some docs in the midst of all the new folders and labels. If you want to find a doc that you lost, click “More” below all of the folder labels. It’ll be there. That’s a workaround, though, and workarounds are a “no-no” when introducing people to a new piece of software.
- It’s mobile, but not as mobile as it should be. What I mean is that Google Drive currently only works on Android phones. Google says that it’s working diligently (wink, wink) on getting an iOS version out. Since iOS switched over from Google Maps to Apple Maps, I’m not sure if Google’s going to put such an effort on the “Google Drive for iOS” project. It might eventually end up being “Apple Drive.”
- It’s iffy on the compliance side. If your company has to comply to HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOX, or any of those other crazy acronyms that tear a hole in your head whenever you switch over to a new cloud application, it’s not exactly the best idea to use Google Drive for sensitive company documents regarding customer information or information pertaining to shareholders and investors.
If the pros outweigh the cons, then by all means hop into Google Drive. It’s a very powerful environment that allows you to have ultimate collaboration capabilities between you and your crew.