Google Makes Announcement That Scares Teachers Nationwide
Last Thursday Google announced that it was sun-setting Google Drive and that it would no longer be supported after December 11, 2017. The announcement went on to say that Google Drive would be completely removed on March 12, 2018. This announcement was very confusing and sent a panic across the millions of teachers that use Google Drive. The end result may actually be better.
First and foremost, the actual cloud based part of Google Drive isn’t going anywhere. If you only use Google Drive via a web browser, like Ryan Seacrest used to say, “You are safe”. What Google is replacing are the PC and Mac desktop utilities (apps) that allow users to bring Google Drive documents local and send them through to the cloud via the app.
While users of both applications may see this as an inconvenience you can always turn to web uploading, it really is just as fast. Or, you can opt for one of Google’s two replacement apps.
The two new products are “Backup and Sync” which is very similar to the original Google Drive application. Google is baking it’s photo uploader into the new Backup and Sync application and, if you can stand your photos being compressed a teeny tiny little bit, you can upload all the photos you want, for free. If you want raw sized photos though you’re going to need to pay a fee.
The other app, Drive File Stream, is actually more exciting, especially for teachers that like to collaborate on projects. The Drive File Stream app functions the same way Apple’s iCloud app does. The files live in the Google Cloud and you work on them directly in the cloud where they stay. So, say you and your fellow teachers were working on some big Photoshop PSD file, everyone that collaborates on that file can access it directly from the web and save it back to the web as if Google’s cloud was your own personal remote hard drive, that you can share with everyone on the project.
This will bring some more exciting features later after Google releases the Drive Files Stream app to the masses September 26th.
If you want to be pro-active about all this go ahead and download the Backup and Sync app now and backup and sync until your hearts content. The most important point of all this though is that nothing is happening to your cloud based files.