Google is all About the Cloud: Going GoogleBy: Shawn Hess - May 2, 2012
Google wants to let everybody know, they are all about the cloud and cloud computing. To them it means bringing people together and never having to hit save or manage traditional software. Just last week they introduced their new Google Dive service which allows users a space to create, share, and store all kinds of things online.
Here’s what Google lists as features of the Dive service:
* Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
* Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just… there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
* Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.
Here’s a video about the Google Drive service:
Google has all sorts of products which actually function using cloud technology including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and of course, Google Drive, which I already mentioned above.
Millions of organizations and institutions are already taking advantage of these tools and you can join them. Google is a great company because, for the most part, they don’t charge for their services.
Take a look at this video about what they’re calling, Going Google: