Microsoft Office Suite has been the go-to productivity suite for the vast majority of people since decades. While many companies have offered free productivity suites, none could stand against the Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Google wants to change that. In order to lure in more users to its existing 190 million family, at the I/O event, search engine giant has introduced Drive for Work.

First of all, taking on Microsoft’s recent step to make 1TB of OneDrive data freely available to Office 365 subscribers, Google has climbed one step further. Unlimited data for just $10 a month per user. Do note that Google allows people to use its productivity suite for free, unlike Office 365 subscriptions.

Google Drive for Work

Furthermore, Drive for Work also includes enhanced administrative controls, good news for people working in corporate environments. There are also APIs that will let administrators track on what everyone is doing. Pretty cool, huh?

In addition, the company has embraced the collaboration features, and added QuickOffice’s power to bring native support for editing Microsoft Office files. This feature will arrive on its iOS client “soon”.

Taking on the recent concern among users about their privacy, Google promises that all the data uploaded to Drive will be encrypted. The mobile clients of Drive, for iOS and Android will soon receive a major update, which will bring cleaner and more user friendly interface.


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Manish is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.