Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Desktop Google drive VS Google Drive in the browser

I just want to extend a brilliant blog entry I just read from +Heather Dowd on her blog titled

Moving from Microsoft Office to Google Drive

There can be value in helping users understand that there is Google Drive on the Browser and Google Drive on the Desktop

Desktop Google Drive
  • Do not get students to set-up Desktop Google drive on a shared device BUT it's a must for all teachers and any student in a 1:1 or BYOD scenario. To set it up, open Google Drive in your browser and click on "Download drive for PC". Install it. Then find it (in Start, Programs, Google, Google Drive). Make sure you have "sync files" turned on. 
(Note: Once installed on your PC/Laptop, it appears in your Taskbar next to your Wireless indicator and date/time. Right  click and choose preferences to configure)
  • If you want people to co-author a Microsoft document and you want to leave it as a Microsoft document, you have to be using Desktop Google Drive. But when you share a file to others, they wont see it  in Desktop Google drive unless they find it in their Browser Google Drive and drag the file into "My Drive".

  • Edits are saved back to Drive without conversion or any formatting loss. (It's like working from a USB).
  • This works like a Word document shared across a network drive. The last edit will over-ride previous edits and the document is locked to only one editor. So if you want multiple editors working simultaneously, you can't use a Word document. You should set your file up as a Google doc from the getgo or as Heather indicates, convert it and deal with any formatting loss.
Next step....

Get rid of the Server/client scenario in schools and move all shares to Google Drive....

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