Up until recently, Google has not provided a software to sync your local hard drive with online data storage. This is the market dominated by a small variety of successful companies such as Dropbox—with their famous storage service—and even Microsoft—with their service called SkyDrive. Even still, these competitors might not be surprised that Google would finally make an attempt to establish itself in this very profitable area of Internet services. Google did exactly that by offering a new service called GDrive (ok it is a not really a new service: GDrive is just same old Google Docs with a client software which enables to sync your local hard drive with Google Docs). This long-awaited improvement to Google Docs now threatens to give the big boys of cloud storage service a run for their money.
Google already has a grand arsenal of high-quality cloud applications and they are now integrated with GDrive. This means a lot to lawyers who need a versatile cloud storage tool (online collaboration, sync between computers, email, etc.) should consider using Google Drive - maybe even in addition to Dropbox or Evernote.
Since Google got its start by becoming the world's most premier search engine, it should come to as no surprise that they would use their mastery of Internet search capabilities in providing a clear advantage for using their GDrive service. They use their powerful software engines in order to provide GDrive users with the ability to search the web for images and videos. GDrive users can also upload these files directly to their storage area. Also, with the use of tags and keywords, Google has integrated the service with his regular search engine. This means that when you do a Google search, not only will you pull up information from the web, but you will also be able to call up the information located in your GDrive as well. This even eliminates the need to visit a website and login in order to retrieve the files you're looking for. Such a function makes finding information quick and extremely easy for any lawyer who stores their documents online and wants to access them quickly.
Since GDrive is based on Google Docs, you will still be able to collaborate with others directly from your GDrive—just like you may have already done before.
In anticipation of the specific needs that mobile users have, Google has created a fully functional Android app for the GDrive service. The app allows GDrive users to view, download, and upload files with as much ease as you would on your office computer. That means any documents that you create on your mobile smart phone can easily be transferred to GDrive— not to mention that you can also share files from device to device with people who are on your phone’s contact list.
As stated before, Google already has a wide variety of useful internet applications that have been out there and running for some time now. GDrive will be automatically integrated with these software tools.
Another distinct advantage of Google Drive is that Google is using its popularity and heavy influence in order to work with the makers of other web-based applications. This is a real win for office workers and all lawyers because it greatly expands the collaboration capabilities of GDrive.
For example, you can use cloudHQ to sync all your Google Drive document with Dropbox, Evernote, Box, SugarSync or even Basecamp.
If all the above advantages were not enough to convince you that GDrive is a service worth using then the price should definitely seal the deal for you. Not only does this tool come with some significant advantages, but cost of using GDrive is less than the charge that you would pay when using services such as Dropbox. The price of paid plans starts at $2.49/month and offer 20 gigabytes of storage.