May 25, 2012

Business Apps Are Becoming Integrated with Google Drive

Recently, Google introduced its Google Drive cloud storage service, and with it you can sign up for 5GB of free cloud storage, and use it efficiently with your Android device. We've also made the point that Google Drive will provide a form of rescue for Google's Chrome OS, which has been criticized by some for its cloud-centric focus and inflexibility with standard kinds of storage. By filling the storage gap in Chrome OS, Google can appeal to enterprise users with incentives for free Google Drive storage in the cloud in combination with Chrome OS. And now, it's clear from the ecosystem that is taking shape around Google Drive that that is a point of focus for Google.

Already, partnerships focused on business users are cropping up around Google Drive. For example, RightSignature, which offers ways to get documents completed and signed online, has announced an integration with Google Drive. The integration with RightSignature means users can send documents stored in Google Drive for an e-signature with a few clicks. When the online signature is completed, signed documents are automatically saved in Google Drive. This is clearly aimed at business users. Think of how a real estate agent might use the service.

Syncdocs is another service that has announced integration with Google Drive, where business users are the target market. With Syncdocs, users can right click on any file or folder and have it synced online. Sharing files and folders to other Google Drive users is a one-step process. Syncdocs is free, but if you sync a large number of files, as business users might, then fees kick in. 

It's inevitable that Google Drive will become integrated with more business utilities and that these integrated offerings will help Google appeal to enterprises with the combination of Chrome OS and Google Drive. 


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