Google offers two options for G-suite users to access drive files as it introduces new, enterprise-ready tools for Google Drive.
Google G Suite users can now use the new options – Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync – to access and sync Google Drive and Team Drive files. Google launched Drive File Stream to replace the Google Drive desktop app for G Suite users. These two options will replace the old Drive sync application, which Google will no longer support beginning December 11, 2017. With Drive File Stream, users can access Google Drive and Team Drive files from their desktops.
Google announced in September the launch of new desktop application for Google Drive users, called Drive File Stream, which is now available to G Suite customers. The app will serve as a replacement for the Google Drive desktop app that will be shut down for good next year – a far enough date to give enterprise customers plenty of time to make the switch.
Back in July, Google said it would consolidate its desktop file sync applications for Google Drive and Google Photos for consumers into a single new app called “Backup and Sync” ahead of its plan to end support for the older Google Photos and Google Drive client apps for Mac and PC.
Google Drive has always made it easy for individuals to safely store, sync and share files. But as larger companies move to the cloud, there’s more to think about — like the risk of data breaches, bumpy migrations, and compatibility with legacy tools. Our team has been working hard to solve these complexities for the enterprise. That’s why we’re introducing powerful additions to Drive that can help your organization:
- Create, share and work confidently as a team with Team Drives
- Stay in control of sensitive company data with Google Vault for Drive
- Migrate easily to the cloud with our latest acquisition, AppBridge
- Work seamlessly with the tools you’re already using with Drive File Stream
- Access relevant files immediately with Quick Access, powered by Google machine intelligence
Drive File Stream: work without breaking your business processes
After you migrate to the cloud, you should be able to easily access all your content using your existing tools and processes. While other cloud-based solutions use traditional, time- consuming (and hard drive-consuming) syncs, Drive File Stream, now available in the Early Adopter Program (EAP) allows teams to quickly stream files directly from the cloud to their computer. This means that all of your company data can be accessed directly from your laptop, even if you don’t have much space left on your hard drive.
Drive File Stream lets you:
- Access, search and manage files on-demand from your computer in seconds.
- Get just the files you need and make certain files available for offline use later.
- Access your work even quicker, as your most-used files become available in the background intelligently.
- Avoid the risk of users downloading all of your company data to their hard drives.
Say goodbye to time-consuming file syncing and any concerns about disk space. With Drive File Stream, all your files are always ready for you and your colleagues.
Quick Access for teams: make the most of your content with machine intelligence
You’ve migrated all of your data to the cloud. Now, it’s time to make the power of the cloud work for you. Quick Access in Drive now works with Team Drives on iOS and Android devices, and is coming soon to the web. Quick Access is powered by Google’s machine intelligence, the same technology used in Gmail’s Smart Reply and Google Sheets Explore, which means that teams can save time and make smarter decisions because the right knowledge will surface to the right employees at the right time. Quick Access intelligently predicts and surfaces files based on:
- Who specific files are frequently shared with
- When relevant meetings occur
- What files are used at specific times during the day
- And many others