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8/21/12
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Writer Girl

Do you have to download software to use Google Drive?

I have Google Docs and am very happy with Google Docs. I am concerned about this "change" to Google Drive. I do not want to download software to my computer. I share the computer with my husband and we each have Google Docs files that are separate, so we don't want any software on our computer that is trying to sync things, especially since we have separate Google accounts. We also access things from work.

Can you use Google Drive without downloading software? I have no interest in syncing anything. I'm very happy with just the cloud use, yet everything I read about Google Drive talks about software. I saw a post that says you can choose a no-sync option in the software, but I'm not interested in doing anything software wise? Can a person who doesn't own a computer, or a person who uses a computer they're allowed to put software on (i.e. a schoolchild, a worker, a library-only computer user) use Google Drive?
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Filipeglfw
8/21/12
Filipeglfw
Hi Writer Girl,

you don't need to download any software to use Google Drive. The Drive client in only an addition so that people who want the files in the cloud synced to their desktop can achieve it.
When you make the switch, you will get 5 GB instead of 1GB for non-Google Docs files. And pay attention that collections ate replaced by folders, to put a file in more than one folder you need to hold the ctrl key when moving it around.

If you don't download the software you can use Drive the same as you always used Google Docs.

Regards,

Filipe
Bas Braams
8/21/12
Bas Braams
<<you don't need to download any software to use Google Drive>> Filipe knows this and I know it too, but because of the way in which the Google Docs and Drive folks present Drive on the drive.google.com page when it is first visited, it is not obvious at all to a person new to Docs or Drive. A person new to that page is very much given to think that it is necessary to download software to the PC in order to proceed. I can't quite figure out why the Google people aren't a bit more reticent about attracting people to the dangers of automatic two-way synchronization. Could they really be that confident about performance of the sync facility? To Writer Girl I advise to not download anything, just use drive.google.com for storage in the cloud without synchronization.
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