Google Drive Gets New Features

A bunch of new updates to Google Drive should help enterprises ring in the New Year with more flexibility. The updates include changes to the iOS and Android Drive apps and change the way Gmail works with document attachments from Drive.

They also feature increased support for files saved in the open file formats and for more complex SmartArt from older PowerPoint presentations, both of which could help make GoogleEUs productivity software more attractive to IT managers.

Share Files as Attachments in Gmail

Google announced the updates in a Google Plus post directing users to an updated version of the support page for Drive. Users will now be able to share Drive files as attachments in Gmail, according to Google. Previously, users have only been able to share files by including links to them on Drive. They will now be able to include non-Google Drive files and will not have to worry about whether collaborators have access to the Drive location.

Beyond improving how users share files with collaborators through e-mail, Google also announced upgrades to its iOS and Android apps. On Android, you can now search for files in Drive from the Google app. For example, you could say EUOK, Google, search for holiday letter on DriveEU to get to your files without opening the app and typing keywords.

The changes to the iOS app, meanwhile, allow users to share more content by letting them add content to their Drives directly from other iOS apps. For both Android and iOS, users can now access and share custom maps they create with Google My Maps. The iOS update is already available via the Apple App Store, while the Android update will be rolling out over the next week or so, Google said.

Open File Format Compatibility

But perhaps the most enticing upgrade for...

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