Like Google Docs? You Better Get Used To Google Drive Then

    May 21, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Google Docs is pretty amazing. It’s a fully functional word processor on the Web and I, like many Web users, count ourselves among its users. If you find yourself liking Google Docs an awful lot, Google bets that you’ll like Google Drive just as much. It’s the same thing, but it’s bigger and supports more file types. What’s that? You’re just fine with using Google Docs. Sorry, my friend, but you have very little choice in the matter.

TechCrunch has found the official Google Drive documentation that details the various roll out phases that will be coming to the platform. We’re currently in the opt-in period which allows users to opt-in to Google Drive at their own leisure. I’ve already taken them up on the offer since I needed a replacement to store audio files of podcasts that I record.

After this period of relative freedom will come a period of structured freedom. When you visit your Google Docs page, it will ask you to switch over to Google Drive. You can opt-out at this point to keep using Google Docs, but Google doesn’t specify how long this opt-out period will last. All we know is that after Google announces the Scheduled Release track, users will have one week to opt-out.

What if you don’t opt-out during this time? Google will take your apathy as a big go ahead to move you into Google Drive. After this happens, you will no longer be able to opt-out. It kind of stinks, but hey, you had your chance.

Besides, the upgrade to Drive isn’t so bad. Google Drive offers 5 GB of free storage compared to the 1 GB that users had under Google Docs. I also find it to be more versatile in ways that Google Docs never was. Of course, there’s the concern that Google will own you after switching to Drive, but we’ve already tackled those concerns head on.

There is something to be said about user choice here though. Google should give people as much time as they want to decide on whether they want to opt-in or out. You should also be able to opt-out if you find that Drive isn’t too your liking. All new Google account holders will be signed up for Google Drive as well removing any choice that you may have thought you had.

There’s going to be a lot of people complaining about this move. To them, I say just opt-out. Google isn’t forcing you into Google Drive unless you let them. To those who have already upgraded and found that they don’t like it, just use another service like Dropbox or Mediafire. The beauty of the Internet is that there are multiple options to get things done – Google is just one of many.

  • Tom

    Can Google use your pictures somehow or share with others if I use Google Drive? I want to save some family pictures on Google Drive but do not know if they will be private or not. Can anybody tell me please. I don’t want to share them. I want them private. Thanks.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      Your content belongs to you, Tom. Google can not use your photos. They are only viewable on your account unless you share them. Even then, Google has multiple methods of sharing. The most popular is sharing through links, which means that only the people who have the link can view the photos. You can also assign the photos viewable to only certain profiles to mitigate the risk of some unknown party gaining access to the link.

      • Tom

        Zach, thanks a ton. That helps! Will get the service right now.

  • Rory Walsh

    I am anxious to know if the document upload capability of Google Drive is easier than Google Docs. Tables were particularly difficult to copy into Google Docs; the formatting got distroyed. Also importing Visios was possible but a bit kludgey. Thanks!

  • Tanya

    Has anything changed in the last 6 days? I cannot get to my docs. I just keep getting redirected to drive.google.com & I have NO option to opt out. >.<

  • Ian

    I wish you people would do some more investigating before touting anything from Google. I’ve been watching them roll out stuff for years now and as the old addage goes, ” you don’t get something for nothing”. I know for a fact that google uses all the information they can get their hands on for whatever reason, and that’s been the case for a long time now. Their tracking system that they let you use on your site, do yo think that you’re the only one that gets that info? This was bought home to the world recently when they were caught out hacking into peoples wi fi systems during the drive by for google earth street view, fines all over the world and banned from some countries, and they were the people that had the software made specifically to do that. “Admitted by the software engineer”. I wouldn’t trust them with anything of mine at all. NEVER.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      I don’t think I’m touting any of Google’s products. I’m giving our readers a heads up in regards to Google’s opt-out policy. Sure, I use Google Drive and I disclosed that in my article. I’m not telling our readers to use it though. That’s their personal choice. I don’t see anything wrong with it, but I know many people do. For those people, there are numerous alternatives including the super popular Dropbox.

  • Ian

    And then I read this article “Google Drive Proves It: Google Is Officially the Internet’s Bad Guy” and you still have the nerve to say that it’s a good thing.
    I’ve been receiving this newsletter for a long time and most articles prove that you people have your stuff together and make for some very interesting and informative reading, however, this particular article should have the Google Drive Proves article as the ending, not as a linked article through the words “tackled those concerns head on.”

  • http://www.payandgopr.com Press Releases

    If they’d kept the name Google Docs and just added the extra functionality of Drive, this story wouldn’t have been written. Google products are pretty much in in a permanent beta stage, with incremental changes happening all the time (basically stuff gets improved little by little over time). Nothing wrong with that. Google Drive is great and the privacy policy is really not very different from the data usage in competing cloud storage services like SkyDrive etc.

  • susan canavarro

    Where is google docs? What is Google Drive? And why haven’t I received an email notification that his was happening? Just another one of Googles annoying habits of making changes, and not informing us. How am I supposed to know if I want to op-out if I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT?
    Irate customer

    • joyce

      can’t find my recipes which I painstakingly type in.
      Where are they? They were in Google doc, than drive – but all I get are some pictures my son sent me.

  • http://don'thaveone joyce

    Where are my recipes? I typed them into google docs, than found them in drive, but can’t find them now. What am I doing wrong?

  • Roger J. Stevens

    Docs may be a viable alternative to office, but the best alternative to Google docs itself is Collatebox ! Do check out more about this magical spreadsheet management system at http://www.collatebox.com.