GDrive Terms of Service May Worry Business Users
In any case, most recent devices can access either cloud service through their browsers, so if youre not otherwise supported, youve got that. To start using Google Drive on a computer, you follow a link to drive.google.com and click on the download button. Youll need your Google sign-on to install and use Google Drive. Once the software is installed, youll have a folder on your desktop with the Google Drive logo.Getting SkyDrive is a similar process: You go to skydrive.live.com and follow the instructions to download SkyDrive for your device. Youll need a Windows Live ID to accomplish this. With SkyDrive, your folder will appear in your personal Windows folder, although you can create a shortcut on your desktop. Clients for both services are reached through the app store for your mobile device.Both services allow sharing of documents, photos, videos and the like. The biggest difference is that people you share with on Google will need to have access to Google Drive. With SkyDrive you can create a link that people can follow even if they dont use SkyDrive. If you use Microsoft Office OneNote, youll find your notes in your SkyDrive. Google Drive has been the subject of much hype on the blogosphere lately, with predictions that it spells doom for Dropbox, SkyDrive, iCloud and maybe Box. In reality, GDrive is nice, but its not substantially nicer than anything else. While Google Drive is now linked directly to Google Docs, that only matters if you use Google Docs. If you dontand most people dontthen Google Drive is yet another nice cloud storage option. Its worth noting that theres been much discussion about Googles terms of service that seem to say that even though you retain ownership of the material you store on Googles services, the company has the right to use the material, including the right to display it in public. If you plan to use Googles Drive for your business, you should probably have your legal staff take a look at this. But that caution is true of any cloud service you use. If I had to pick one of these services at this point in time, it would be the new version of SkyDrive. I can find a SkyDrive client for every device in my office, and they all work. Thats something I cant do with Google Drive. But that may change, and if it does, then what matters is if the cloud service supports the devices you need. To follow Wayne Rash on Twitter, click here To follow Wayne Rash on Google Plus, click here.