updated 07:19 am EDT, Thu June 26, 2014
Google Drive for Work subscription, Google Docs mobile app changes detailed
Google announced a number of changes to Google Drive and Google Docs as part of its Google I/O keynote yesterday. As part of a more serious effort to take on Microsoft in enterprise, Google has launched a subscription to Google Drive for Work, providing unlimited online storage to business customers for $10 per month per user, among other extra new features.
While it does provide unlimited space, Google Drive for Work will limit individual file sizes to 5TB. Extra administration controls and APIs will also be available for managers and administrators to control what their employees have access to, for better integration with the corporate network, and for remotely wiping sensitive files in the event of theft or loss of hardware.
The civilian version of Google Drive sees some more minor improvements. The Drive app for mobile is said to be faster and easier to navigate after Google implemented a faster background syncing system, with updates to the way users see who has access to files and changes to the files themselves. The web version is now localized in over 70 languages, with an update including improved accessibility for blind and visually impaired users, and keyboard accessibility.
In a similar fashion to Docs and Sheets, Slides gets its own application on mobile, with the Android version available to download now, and iOS on the way. All three of the productivity apps gain features from the Google-owned QuickOffice, including native support for Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, and Word files. Real-time collaborative editing in the apps has been updated with Suggested Edits, allowing others with commenting access to a document to make edits individually, with the document owner then able to comment on, accept, and reject changes.